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Hackers wreak havoc with the Japan Update website

Date Posted: 2011-03-16

Japan Update suffered a catastrophe of its own Friday; a malicious hacker weedled his way into the company website and destroyed data files and programs.

Publisher Kari Valtaoja says the hacker “didn’t gain access to the entire server; just the database.” The website’s files and other information remained intact, but all info in the database was wiped out. Valtaoja says the hacker, believed to have been working from Russia, apparently didn’t plant any virus: “We scanned the server for viruses and it found two in some old files, but didn’t see anything important modified to be malicious”!

Valtaoja says his web team has gone through “every file on the server and fixed all the security holes that we could see. We also found and closed a back door that the hacker hid in one of the folders.” The website was down through much of the weekend, being brought back on line a piece at a time Sunday.

The classifieds section is up and running, Valtaoja says, but all users must reregister their MyJU accounts and create new user names and passwords, as all previous data was wiped out.

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