[bellanet-l] WIPO: Closes Web Site After Hacker Alters Content

From Katherine.Morrow[mailto:kmorrow@bellanet.org]
Date Sat, 22 Jan 2000 09:08:57 -0500

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"The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a UN agency, was
forced to shut down part of its Web site yesterday after it was hacked into
by a computer vandal. Instead of showing a collection of laws for electronic
access, a link on the WIPO Web site displayed lyrics from a song by rock
star Bruce Springsteen under the caption     "Children of the Darkstar."

WIPO Assistant Director-General Geoffrey Yu said the organization will
probably keep the site closed for a few days. "With more and more users
visiting the site, we have been wondering when someone would play a trick on
us," he said.  Yu said he had no idea who might have hacked into the site,
but said WIPO's technical department believed it was "one of the
better-known hackers." (BBC Online, 20 Jan)."
(Source: UN Wire)

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