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Turkish Hackers Target Kiwi Websites

"Turkish cyberpunks have afresh attacked New Zealand sites. A hacker named "crackers_child" struck about twenty websites hosted by Digital Network Ltd, exploiting applications, files and folders fitted with unsafe authorizations, as per manager Warren Sanders," reports the May 6, 2007 issue of Flyinghamster.

Sanders states, "The websites were revived from backups and the infected users were communicated. In these "beyond control" matters there is a fine line between the total influence web host can wield on its clients and provide normal Internet hosting simultaneously," as indicated by reports released by May 7, 2007 edition of Computerworld.co.nz.

This is considered to be a part of "Turkish cyberpunk Iskorptix's" major strike. Zone-H the website that records hacking, indicates that the affected host has a Linux-supported operating system.

The cyberpunk overwrote prevailing message on the sites and left a lewd content, mocking the proprietors about safety. They also put up a URL initiating a Turkish language safety forum. However, it's still unclear whether the hacking was just a publicity stunt or an insult. Computerworld tried to reach the site proprietor by e-mail but, in vain.

Though, information about the hit is still obscure, but the websites seem to have been attacked arbitrarily. Several of the New Zealand registered sites are co-located at Auckland's purveyor Maxnet, while ihug-owned US supplier Quik.com, whose New Zealand dealership ihug purchased the preceding year, hosts others.

ihug's statement alleges that a security violation at Quik.com caused the hacking of several sites. Annabel Gould, Quik.com.'s spokeswoman while acknowledging the matter, maintained that Quik hadn't sold services through the intermediary US server for ages.

The homepage of some of purveyor's present Quik clients have also been hacked, Gould avers. She appends that there's still no information on how safety was violated, and that the strike did not impact other ihug clients, as indicated by reports in May 6, 2007 issue of Flyinghamster.

This is the second registered case of collective hacking of Kiwi sites by Turkish cyberpunks. A new Turkish cyberpunk attacked Wellington web host iServe in August 2006, harming extensively. As per security site Zone-H, crackers_child was accountable for over 20,000 hits in April.

Related article: Turkish Organization Hacked Government Websites of Bulgaria

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