Hackers hit Los Alamos public information site

    Date14 Aug 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3404
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Hackers trying to beat government security on the public information Web site of the Los Alamos National Laboratory instead succeeded primarily in denying chemistry students access to a free posting of the periodic table. A hacking group that calls itself Poisonbox . . . Hackers trying to beat government security on the public information Web site of the Los Alamos National Laboratory instead succeeded primarily in denying chemistry students access to a free posting of the periodic table. A hacking group that calls itself Poisonbox succeeded in defacing the Web site on an external network of the laboratory on Saturday, according to security Web sites Attrition.org and Alldas.de. The site, which is the home page for the C-ACT Applied Chemical Technologies Group, remains down today while the systems administrator rebuilds it and tests it for vulnerabilities, said Chris Kemper, deputy directory of the Computing, Communications and Networking Division.

    Kemper said the server, which was attacked through a Microsoft Corp. Internet Information Services (IIS) software vulnerability, is one of about 200 on a public access, or "green network."

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