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Lithuania: Attacks Focused on Hosting Company




Lithuania: Attacks Focused on Hosting Company
Lithuania: Attacks Focused on Hosting Company



http://www.pcworld.com/article/147960/lithuania_attacks_focused_on_hosting_company.html 

By Jeremy Kirk
IDG News Service
July 4, 2008

A vulnerability in a Web server contributed to attacks on some 300 Web 
sites in Lithuania earlier this week, a computer security expert said on 
Friday.

The Web sites were defaced after Lithuania passed a law prohibiting the 
public display of symbols dating from the Soviet Union era, as well as 
the playing of the Soviet national anthem.

The attacks, which started on Sunday and subsided by Monday, saw many 
Web sites defaced with pro-Soviet slogans and symbols in an apparent 
retaliation from hackers.

The majority of the Web sites were hosted on a single physical Web 
server, which had a vulnerability either in the Web server software or 
Linux operating system, said an official with Lithuania's Computer 
Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Friday. The hosting company was 
advised on how to fix the problem.

The server was hosted by a company called Hostex, formerly known as 
MicroLink Lithuania, said Marius Urkis, head of the Academic and 
Research Network (LITNET) CERT, a different but related computer 
security organization.

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