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Some sites and web host make easy marks for hackers on the Web

There is an epidemic of graffiti on the Internet. The Web sites of Al-Jazeera and Madonna are among the thousands defaced during recent months. According to mi2g, a British company, the number of vandalized sites is likely to reach more than 185,000 this year – more than double the number during 2002. These defacements occur when cybervandals replace existing Web pages with other material, such as political slogans or obscene messages. Could it really be so easy to deface a Web site? Apparently it is. “It’s incredibly easy to do,” says Paul Henry, an expert in defacements and vice president of CyberGuard, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., network-security company. “Any 13-year-old with an Internet connection and a little spare time can be a hacker.” This is because experienced hackers have created easy-to-use software tools enabling typical computer users to become cybervandals. Full Story

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