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SecurityNewsPortal is shutting up shop after a defacement brought down its site yesterday.

A notice on the site, which runs on a Linux platform, said its volunteers has no desire to rebuild the site only for it to be defaced again. It added that they were not personally in control of the site's security, which is outsourced to a commercial hosting firm.

"Since we are not able to fully secure this web site there is no reason to re-open the site for a return defacement by this person," said a statement on the site.

In an ironic twist SecurityNewsPortal was defaced in the name of Yihat, the hackers against terrorism group, which earlier this week stopped maintaining its Kill.net Web site, which it said had become more trouble than it was worth because of repeated DDoS attacks.

The defacement of SecurityNewsPortal accuses the site of "attempting to profit off the security community, without actually being a part of it". SecurityNewsPortal staff say the site was run as a volunteer project and on a shoestring but managed to provide a valuable resource for the security community.

Its staffers firmly denied allegations of profiteering contained in the defacement.

Yihat is yet to respond to requests for comment on the defacement. ®

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