Sunday, February 12, 2006

Hacked Off

This week, one of my Hosting accounts got hacked by a bunch from the group Turk-Hackers.CoM. According to certain sources, this bunch MAY be hacking Western, and specifically Danish websites as a protest to the recent Cartoon furore.

Now I realise it's happened a million times to a million people, but I can't help asking 'Why would someone bother to do this to me?' I don't host any controversial sites, in most matters of race and religion I am (I believe) moderate and my opinion considered, so why launch an all-out frontal attack on sites which include such agravating and debate-provoking subjects as :-

  • Animal Portraints, in charcoal, pencil and paints - remember your loved pets, rather than declaring Gerbil Jihad

  • Stardudes, the junior-school site of a bunch of 9 year olds pretending to be Jedi, sworn to cleanse the playgrounds of Brighton of religious Jedi

  • Deadline Graphics, a graphic design and print agency which has stated it's sole purpose in life is to re-introduce Pental Pens and Letraset sheets into mainstream DTP

  • Destination Catering, a hienous organisation dedicated to expressing hatred through Flapjacks and brownies.

As you can see, there appears to be no rhyme or reason, apart from the fact that all of these sites and more were sitting on the same IP address. Now at the time of writing, the particular hosting company has not only washed their hands of the problem ("....there's nothing wrong with our service Sir, it must be a script vunerability, perhaps Sir should check his security...") but they are not allowing me access to any server logs so I can start to trace the cause. As I said, at this moment in time, I do not intend to start kicking up a fuss.....but watch this space, because Hackers are one thing, but I do not intend to PAY for the privilege of being shafted!!

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