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CNET News.com: Apache site defaced in "embarrassing" hacker attack

May 05, 2000, 20:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"Intruders defaced the main Web site of the Apache Web server project this week with a fake ad for a rival software package from Microsoft."

"A group of intruders broke into the server by exploiting a series of weaknesses, said Rasmus Lerdorf, a member of the Apache Software Foundation board of directors and a programmer at Linuxcare. The intruders limited themselves to inserting the Microsoft advertisement at the bottom of the page, though they could have done much worse damage because they had gained complete control over the computer, he said."

"Because of the comparatively mild damage and the fact that the intruders told Apache how their attack worked, Apache termed them "white hats"--helpful hackers, not the more malicious "black hat" category."

"They seemed friendly," Lerdorf said. "It would have been nice if they hadn't put the damned Microsoft logo up, but I guess they had to do something to get attention."

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