Feeds

Win-NT/IIS admins made April Fools by hackers

DoD, WSJ, BT, HSBC and more defaced

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Several crews got busy on April Fools Day to make a mockery of Microsoft security by targeting Web sites running MS' IIS server over Windows NT/2K for defacement.

Among the higher-profile victims were the Walt Disney Company; the Wall Street Journal's WebWatch; British Telecomms; HSBC; the US Navy's Center for Tactical Systems Interoperability (NCTSI); the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC); Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus; and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

None of the sites appeared to have been attacked for any reason other than the fact that they were vulnerable. At least one, Ringling Bros, looked to have been taken over by a second crew after its initial defacement. At press time, only the Navy had managed to restore their site.

It all had the feel of a proof-of-concept effort, the overarching concept being that Microsoft products suck.

In all, thirty-nine defaced sites were reported to attrition.org on April Fools Day, of which only eight were running on non-MS operating systems. ®

Related Link

The attrition.org mirror page

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report
Classified data on flight's disappearance pinched
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.