Turkish Hacker Leaves Husker Access a Present

  • Comments: 1
  • Written on: September 18th, 2008

Today at about 2:30 CST a local Lincoln Internet Service Provider was attacked by a hacker who calls himself the “holocaust Turkish Hacker.”

Unfortunately, we host some websites there and they all got zapped.  Anything we had on the server that was running WordPress was attacked.

I am not a security expert, but I was told that an exploit in Joomla was used to gain access to the Husker Access server and implant a number of worms.

As Schrock Innovations’ programmers worked on repairing the damage, the worms systematically followed our progress, breaking the sites we just repaired.  Eventually we stopped working until HA could clean the server completely.

It is interesting to note that our main production server at Binary.net was not impacted by this exploit.

It blows to have your stuf zapped because someone else forgot to update their security, but that is the danger of a shared hosting situation and one of the reasons we own our own servers for production purposes.

  1. James Wilcox said on September 18th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    That really sucks. People like that aren’t even deserving of the word “hacker” which always gets bad press…this person was a malicious hacker intent on destroying information and leaving a tag, no different than a common hooligan on the streets using spraypaint on a building. Just goes to show that as safe as you think you are, someone is always happy to spoil your plans.

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