'Eddie Murphy' Hackers Demand Ransom From Rock Band

    Date11 Mar 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3489
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A group calling itself "Hackers for Eddie Murphy" posted a ransom note Sunday on the front door of the Web site operated by Colorado-based rock band The String Cheese Incident. According to the defacement, which appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek . . . A group calling itself "Hackers for Eddie Murphy" posted a ransom note Sunday on the front door of the Web site operated by Colorado-based rock band The String Cheese Incident. According to the defacement, which appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek hoax, the hackers demanded a payment of $1 million for the return of the site's servers "to their normal state of well being."

    The attackers' message, which was still viewable this morning, said they would use the money to "jump start" production of "Beverly Hills Cop 4," another sequel to Murphy's 1984 movie. "Beverly Hills Cop 3" was released in 1994.

    The Stringcheeseincident.com server appeared to be using a vulnerable version of the WU-FTPD file transfer program. According to a November 2001 advisory from the Computer Emergency Response Team, WU-FTPD version 2.6.1 contains a security hole that could allow remote attackers to take control of the server.

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