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The Internet has a long history of turbulent relations, major maliciously designed disruptions (such as wide scale computer virus incidents, DOS and DDOS attacks that cripple services, and organized attacks that cripple major online communities), and other conflicts. This is a list of known and documented Internet, Usenet, virtual community and World Wide Web related conflicts, and of conflicts that touch on both offline and online worlds with possibly wider reaching implications.

Spawned from the original ARPANET, the modern Internet, World Wide Web and other services on it, such as virtual communities (bulletin boards, forums, and Massively multiplayer online games) have grown exponentially. Such prolific growth of population, mirroring "offline" society, contributes to the number of conflicts and problems online growing each year. Today, billions of people in nearly all countries use various parts of the Internet. Inevitably, as in "brick and mortar" or offline society, the virtual equivalent of major turning points, conflicts, and disruptions—the online equivalents of the falling of the Berlin Wall, the creation of the United Nations, spread of disease, and events like the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait will occur.

Pre World Wide Web era

1970s

1980s

1980

1985

1988

1990

World Wide Web era

1990s

1991

1994

1995

1996

1998

1999

2000s

2000

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2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

See also

References

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  2. ^ thocp.net: Arpanet History
  3. ^ pbs.org: notable hackers
  4. ^ Network World: Tim Lloyd Saga
  5. ^ Reuters archive: Court upholds hacker's death sentence
  6. ^ frontline: hackers: who are hackers: notable hacks
  7. ^ Wired.com: Russian Adobe Hacker Busted
  8. ^ eff.org: info on DMCA and Russia
  9. ^ news.com: Net attack flops, but threat persists
  10. ^ The Register: World of Warcraft hackers using Sony BMG rootkit
  11. ^ cityofheroes.com: official incident response
  12. ^ kotaku.com: City of Heroes Hacked
  13. ^ jucaushii.ro: City of Heroes Hacked
  14. ^ addict3d.org: City of Heroes Hacked
  15. ^ Wired: Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room
  16. ^ EFF.org: Government Moves to Intervene in AT&T Surveillance Case Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ USA Today: NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
  18. ^ Democracy Now: Three Major Telecom Companies Help US Government Spy on Millions of Americans
  19. ^ Netcraft: DDoS on Blue Security Blog Knocks Typepad, LiveJournal Offline
  20. ^ gigaom.com: The Day DDoS Brought Down Six Apart
  21. ^ Greg Sandoval (May 24, 2006). "MPAA accused of hiring a hacker". CNET News.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013.
  22. ^ Wired.com: Pirate Bay Bloodied But Unbowed