The boy who cried ‘sheep’

The boy who cried ‘sheep’

by Camille Diola on September 9, 2011 - 10:19 am

A ‘shepherd’ attacks main site

The University corporate website and portal gateway with the fiery dragon image on its index page was hacked Wednesday night.

The hacker, whose alias UA&P News refuses to cite so as not to afford him undue notoriety, replaced the red and gold themed main page with a photo of a smiling shepherd carrying a sheep.

The Corporate Communications Office (CCO), which maintains the site, received calls early Thursday from concerned units reporting the disappearance of their usual source of University information on the web.

As of 2:30 in the afternoon, the independent web hosting service of the corporate website has successfully restored the site’s contents.

E-mail communications securely hosted by Google within the University were not at all affected since the e-mail platform is distinct from the corporate website’s.

Compared to other digital crimes, the recent incident of the UA&P site is a relatively mild one.

Multiple online platforms of established companies such as Sony, Toshiba, Nokia and GMA News Online and personalities like pop star Pink and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France have also been compromised by hackers the past year.

CCO, meanwhile, has already taken precautionary measures to avoid similar problems in the future. #

Featured photo by Aunt Owwee on Flickr
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