Re: Subject: George W. Bush the Red?

From "Me Uh, K." <pram512@yahoo.com>
Date Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:53:32 -0700 (PDT)


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I've seen several mentions of screen shots captured
from the cracked site - has anyone seen them posted
anywhere?

-mia k (who likes politician's web pages, especially
when they're cracked)

--- rdom@thing.net wrote:
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> 
> George W. Bush the Red
> by Declan McCullagh
> 
> 12:55 p.m. 19.Oct.99.PDT
> Intruders apparently defaced the official campaign
> site of Republican
> presidential candidate George W. Bush
> early Tuesday, replacing a photo of the Texas
> governor with a bright red
> 
> hammer and sickle.
> 
> Visitors said the modified Web site, which quoted
> socialist literature
> and
> linked to the International
> Communist League, was visible around 9:15 a.m. EDT.
> 
> Campaign officials spent the morning trying to
> puzzle out exactly what
> happened, a task made more difficult
> by the fact that the Web server automatically copied
> over the hacked
> page
> with the original one.
> 
> "We're trying to find out whether we had a visitor.
> Indications are that
> 
> we had a visitor," said Greg Sedberry,
> georgewbush.com webmaster.
> 
> This isn't the first time a presidential contender
> has been embarrassed.
> 
> Vice President Al Gore's campaign site
> was hacked on 10 April. "Gore was broken into in
> April. That's the only
> one I know of in the 2000 race," said
> B.K. DeLong, curator of the defacement archive at
> attrition.org.
> 
> On Monday, the campaign introduced a newly designed
> Web site, switching
> from a single Unix server to
> multiple computers running Windows NT and
> Microsoft's Web server.
> 
> "I inherited that Unix box when I came on board [in
> July]," Sedberry
> said.
> "I took that box and said we need a
> more robust setup. It was developed from scratch,
> and that's where the
> problems can arise."
> 
> The campaign's NT machines are co-located at
> Austin-based Illuminati
> Online, which says it hosts 2,000
> customer Web sites.
> 
> "The George W. Bush machines are not under our
> control. They maintain
> everything on those machines," said
> an Illuminati Online engineer.
> 
> Jeremy Pinnix, webmaster of Nashville-based Anderson
> Thomas Design, said
> 
> he noticed the hacked site early
> Tuesday.
> 
> "I called them [the campaign] right away. They asked
> me to do a screen
> capture and to email it to them. I
> haven't heard back, but when I refreshed, it had
> been fixed," he said.
> 
> "Our first battle plan is to figure out exactly what
> happened," said
> campaign spokeswoman Mindy Tucker.
> "This is obviously a problem that anyone who has a
> Web site faces."
> 
> Sedberry said the NT machines are load-balanced, and
> the master Web
> server
> copies files every few minutes
> to the duplicate ones.
> 
> "We're going through the whole system saying, 'Are
> we sure we locked
> that
> down?'" said campaign
> webmaster Sedberry. "We're finishing it up,
> double-checking,
> triple-checking. And we'll see."
> 
> According to a screen snapshot, the hacked site
> quoted the International
> 
> Communist League's belief that "we
> must take the Marxist doctrine of proletarian
> revolution out of the
> realm
> of theory and give it reality."
> 
> 
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