Re: Heavens Above hacked

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Wed Apr 04 2001 - 16:12:10 PDT

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    On Wed, 4 Apr 2001 08:03:26 -0500, you ("Allen Thomson"
    <>) wrote:
    >Just tried to go to Heavens Above, got the following:
    >"HACKED by EBOLA - EBOLA division from CZECH republic - - for Veronica: I
    >LOVE YOU - - for Veronica: I LOVE YOU -"
    Yup. The direct entry over the main.asp to the user's location however
    worked okay when I checked.
    >Does anybody know if this presents a danger to the user (e.g., me)?
    No, everything's fine. It could have gotten a little nasty if there were
    for instance some malicious JavaScript, Java or especially ActiveX-stuff
    (it's usually not necessarily a bad idea to have that turned off while
    surfing, in this order), but this was not the case here. It was a pretty
    simple and rather lame hack anyway, after all.
    >Any precautions to be taken other than running antivirus programs?
    Yes: running two or more antivirus programs. :) One alone is prone to
    missing actual malware ("false negative") or reporting one where there is
    none ("false positive"). Have one online-scanner running (if you feel
    that's a good idea, I for one don't like them), and scan your harddrives
    _regularly_ with a couple more different scanners from other manufacturers,
    _with fresh signature data files_. And, for a general advice, of course
    always be careful with what unknown software from dubious sources you run
    on your machine, but that should go without saying anyway.
    CU!	Markus
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