[ISN] Hackers Write Obscenities on Presidential Web Site

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Tue Aug 04 1998 - 12:20:05 PDT

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    Forwarded From: Nicholas Charles Brawn <ncb05at_private>
    Source: `Komsomolskaya Pravda', Moscow, in Russian 28 Jul 98
    Text of report by Russian newspaper `Komsomolskaya Pravda' on 28th July
    Minsk: Computer specialists employed by the president of the Republic of
    Belarus [Alyaksandr Lukashenka] have had no peace for a whole month now. 
    They have to be ready at any moment to protect his personal web site -
    http://www.president.gov.by - from the encroachments of hackers. 
    The first time hackers broke into the president's Internet domain they
    distorted information about official visits and voiced their protest at
    Lukashenka's policy causing not just a deterioration in Belarusians'
    lives, but also the international isolation of the republic. It took
    state-employed computer specialists about 24 hours to recover from the
    blow. They spent a lot of time trying to fix the site, restored the page
    to its few readers and protected it, as best as they could, from the
    encroachments of the hooligans. 
    But, in a short while, the evil hackers broke through this protection
    again and painted the presidential site with obscenities. Then they opened
    a new site - draniki.da.ru. - under the motto "345 days left until
    presidential election". The most interesting thing on that page, featuring
    mostly teenage-style obscenities, is an image of President Lukashenka
    which starts turning, before your very eyes, first into Hitler, then into
    Stalin, and then back into Lukashenka. 
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