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School of Journalism website gets hacked

If you logged onto the University of King’s College journalism website on Oct. 19, you may have came across a matrix style scrolling text along with two red, animated eyes glaring back at you.

If you logged onto the University of King’s College journalism website on Oct. 19, you may have came across a Matrix-style scrolling text along with two red, animated eyes glaring back at you.
The website was hacked by someone who goes by the username Tunisian HxRofo.
Although there’s no known reason why the site was hacked, Kate Ross, who runs the site, believes the hacker didn’t mean anything by it.
The hacker posted messages on the websites that were hacked.
Even though all their messages were grammatically incorrect, the majority said, “Tunisian HxRofo Is Watching You!”
Others said, “Hacked By Tunisian HxRofo. My Self Esteem Is Up. Your Website Is Don (sic).”
Ross said with the proper technology anyone can get past websites that aren’t heavily secured.
She said hackers run scripts, which is computer lingo for an automated attack. Once someone exploits a plugin they can alter any website using that specific plugin.
Ross said plugins are used to add functionality to a website.
EVuln.com is a website that operates out of Vilnius, Lithuania. The website states it offers tips on how to secure other websites.
It has a list of sites hacked by Tunisian Hx-Rofo since Apr. 24.
The website received 284 reports from different websites that were hacked by Tunisian HxRofo.
But there’s a simple fix to the hack.
Ross said it only takes 45 seconds to get the website running back to normal. She said the website needs to be temporarily suspended while the index file is replaced.

By David J. Shuman

David is a second-year journalism student at King's, is engagement/news editor of The Watch, and a copy editor of The Pigeon. He writes on student politics, campus happenings, and school news. 

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