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UC Berkeley Website Hilariously Hacked … Again

Posted By Diana Newby On Jun 15, 2009 @ 9:15 pm In News | Comments Disabled

208542805_6b307c7e5fSo “hilarious” might not be the best adjective to describe the previous and calamitous assault [1]on our database’s defenses. Believe us, we’re still dreading that the purchase of some gargantuan fleet of yachts and an exotic petting zoo might appear on next month’s credit card bill. As for the latest trespass [2] Mousehunt download [3] , however, we can’t help but commend the culprits on an apparently risque sense of humor.

Online domains for multiple universities the world over were hacked to link to advertisements for such worldly goods as Viagra, medication for erectile dysfunction, and porn. Scandalous! And schools aren’t the sole victims; in the UK, government forums have fallen victims as well. Amusing though they may seem to we plebeians, such transgressions really do pose a major problem beyond making the targets look kind of ridiculous. As Branded 3 director of search Patrick Altoft put it:

“As soon as these hacks are detected, Google automatically downgrades their search results, so if there’s a security hole that website suddenly starts getting fewer visitors. Google wants to protect its visitors so it downgrades that result so fewer people read it.”

Good call, Google. Between this and the UHS identity theft of yore, it’s a little difficult for us to take Berkeley’s Internet stronghold seriously.

Image Source: Chanel Joy [4] under Creative Commons
21 Grams movie download [5]

The Ghost and the Darkness film [6]

Dane Cook: Isolated Incident movies [7]

Army of Darkness release [8]

Universities and schools hacked to sell Viagra and porn [TG Daily [2]]Humboldt County trailer [9]


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URLs in this post:

[1] previous and calamitous assault : http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/05/08/hackers-infiltrate-university-health-services-database/

[2] the latest trespass: http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/42848/108/

[3] Mousehunt download: http://www.websita.com/?mousehunt

[4] Chanel Joy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chanel/208542805/

[5] 21 Grams movie download: http://www.baserinstincts.com/?21_grams

[6] The Ghost and the Darkness film: http://www.mettsalat.de/?the_ghost_and_the_darkness

[7] Dane Cook: Isolated Incident movies: http://www.bats.org.au/?dane_cook_isolated_incident

[8] Army of Darkness release: http://www.blackpawdesigns.com/?army_of_darkness

[9] Humboldt County trailer: http://onepercentpress.com/?humboldt_county

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