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
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
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