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Korean Apple online store hacked

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Apple Computer's Korean online store has been defaced by an intruder.

The attack, apparently carried out by someone working under the name "Dinam," who claimed in his online posting to be Turkish, was brought to the attention of Silicon.com last Thursday.

The defacement was removed from Apple's Web site shortly after Silicon.com alerted the company, which has subsequently declined to comment on the matter.

Jason Hart, CEO of security company Whitehat UK, told Silicon.com: "The defacer has managed to get administrator access to the Web server."

Although Hart said he suspected that the hacker was after little more than "self-gratification" from vandalizing the site, he said Apple should communicate what happened to its customers to end speculation.

"The worst thing Apple can do is not tell customers what has happened," Hart said. "It's like all the big companies though--they're constantly having to defend themselves, as they're being probed all the time."

The defacement--which took the form of a dozen lines of code posted to the Apple.co.kr home page--was documented on Zone-h.org. The hacker forum said Dinam had attacked a Mac OS X server running Apache.

"Defacements are not that big a deal, provided the customer data has not been disclosed or they have suffered an economic impact," Richard Starnes, president of the Information Systems Security Association UK, said.

"Defacements just tend to be embarrassing. But we know Apple is a good company and takes defacements seriously," he added.

Dan Ilett of Silicon.com reported from London.

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retribution for shutting down Think Secret?
Recently Apple shut down its Think Secret site, could this be some sort of retribution for that?
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Posted by marileev (292 comments )
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How hard...
... would it be to check that Think Secret is or isn't shut down before you type?
Posted by MadKiwi (153 comments )
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ThinkSecret not shut down
The dude has been back posting as of today, 10:08 am. I think he took a break.
Posted by M C (598 comments )
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And the moral of the story is...
We know Apple is a good company and they take defacement
seriously..

There is no moral here.

Theres not even a story.
Posted by ServedUp (413 comments )
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True
An Apple server was hacked. No big surprise. It has happened many times in the past.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Turkish hacker again?
Not too long ago there was also who went to deface certain obscure websites in Singapore that are not of commerical or political interests, well it was even a aite where people go. I wonder what is this group if they are the same group up to? If it was for fun or fame why would they choose a obscure site well at least it made some sense to deface Apple sites if they are after eyeballs.
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