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Joplin Metro

January 23, 2009

Globe Web site hit by cyber attack

By Roger McKinney

rmckinney@joplinglobe.com

Blogs on the Web site of The Joplin Globe fell prey Tuesday to hackers opposed to U.S. and Israeli policy in Gaza.

The blogs remained off-line Wednesday, but Dave Woods, the Globe’s new-media editor, said files were being restored, and that the blogs should be up and running on the Web site by the weekend.

John Cruzan, the Globe’s new-media manager, said he noticed a problem on the Globe’s server about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“We noticed some of the files on our server weren’t coming up right or were, you know, missing,” Cruzan said. He said he found other files being loaded into directories.

“When I saw that, I threw the emergency kill switch on the server, which basically throws everybody off of it,” Cruzan said.

He said that stopped the infection. He said the files went into several directories other than the Globe blogs, but not any that affected the operation of the Web site.

The files the hackers were trying to upload included a page with the words “Gaza will never die.”

The words “We are all Gaza” appeared in Arabic beside a depiction of a raised fist wrapped in barbed wire.

Also included was a photo of a group of people burning an American flag and another photo of a group of people burning an Israeli flag. Yet another photo showed someone throwing rocks at a tank, presumably an Israeli tank.

Below the photos was a phrase written in Arabic that is commonly known as the Islamic creed: “There is no God but God, and Muhammad is the apostle.”

The page also included a reference to an Algerian hacker above an image of an Algerian flag.

At the top and bottom of the page, the words “Hacked by n2n” were repeated.

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