If your mom's canasta partners were particularly upset yesterday, it probably had something to do with this. Aol Mail was hacked, sending spammy links from legit-looking Aol addresses.
This is of course major news because it confirms people are still using Aol Mail.
And yes, that's "Aol" not "AOL". Tempted though you might be to pronounce it "Owl Mail" (which is, of course, how Harry Potter received correspondences) the name switch is just one of many things that have changed with everyone's first Internet crush in the years since you abandoned your NirvanaGrrrl69@aol.com account.
While some users impacted by the hack ranted around the #AOLHacked hashtag, the news was generally mocked online, where everybody pretty much made the exact same joke.
#AOLHacked so everyone check with your boss's boss, grandparents, and elderly friends.
— Ryan Williams (@ryanlwilliams) April 21, 2014
— Niekon (@Niekon) April 22, 2014
AOL email users #notamyth
— bakes (@bakes) April 22, 2014
Did every last person still using AOL spam me today? What happened over there, my inbox looks like 1999
— Sav (@DJ_Sav_One) April 22, 2014
— Jordan S. Terry (@The_Analyst) April 22, 2014
— G. Dixon (@GDixon410) April 22, 2014
— billiegirltoo (@billiegirltoo) April 22, 2014
AOL users also complain about drafts and coffee that costs more than a nickel.
— Erin (@LegallyErin) April 22, 2014
— Ted Josephson (@Nomadprime) April 22, 2014
For anyone who actually has been impacted by the hack, you can tweet @AolMailHelp, where we're really hoping you're compensated with five CD-ROMs and up to 1,000 free hours on the World Wide Web!
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