Quite aside from the profusion of Geocities websites devoted to the dark arts, the introduction of 56k modems allowed witches the ability to cast spells across vast distances more easily than ever before. This resulted in many spell-slinging chat rooms, where witches battled back and forth with ever more powerful incantations.
In order for 56k modems to be magic-capable, they had to be modified in a variety of ways and although this process remains veiled in secrecy, it is known that a pine cone and a magnet are involved.
Thus, with prepartions made, tech-savvy witches around the world were equipped with the tools required to control the information superhighway. By using secret words of power, they became capable of cloning screens. remotely opening CD-ROM drives and many more cunning misdeeds.