Hack binge on SA Linux sites

Tuesday, 6 May 2003, 10:50 AM EST

An attacker successfully penetrated 53 South African Web sites on Friday, says IT security and e-commerce attorney Reinhardt Buys.

The hacker, called F3PN, hacked the sites between 8.31am and 8.59am on Friday, setting a new daily South African record.

All the attacked Web sites are running on a Linux operating system through a single server. All the domains were registered in the name of a company called Vukanet, says Buys.

"We've never seen a local attack of this magnitude before. This person or group of persons succeeded in destroying more than 50 Web sites in less than half an hour."

Buys says the hacker only targeted Web sites in the .co.za domain. No other Web sites were attacked during the course of the day.

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