Hackers take over business site with messages of hate
VILE messages are costing hacking victim Ken Davies a large part of his online custom.
The Cambooya-based owner of Trailer Warehouse thought a joke was being played on him when a Melbourne customer rang him on Tuesday to alert him of anti-American and anti-Semitic messages that had taken over the homepage of his website.
But the seriousness of the situation was soon realised.
A company that hosts Mr Davies' website had been hacked, which meant fixing the problem was out of his control.
He said up to 2000 other customers were experiencing the same problems.
"The site could well be down for a week," Mr Davies said.
"They just don't know how long it is going to take to fix it."
He said about 85% of his business was conducted through his website.
"The flow-on effect is something you can't measure.
"It is disappointing and bloody annoying."
Darling Downs district officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hart said the most important thing for website operators was their own online security and that of their service providers.
"Police are aware that various interest-motivated groups are increasingly using cyber crime to try and further their causes," Det Act Insp Hart said.
"The goal of these groups is often to terrorise everyday people and spread propaganda.
"Taking over legitimate websites to encroach into people's lives is a recent tactic these groups are using to disrupt people's lives.
"Police can investigate these matters, but the first priority of anyone who has their information hacked is to make sure their service provider is advised."