Crackers strike again in oil protest

UK-based bank HSBC has become the latest victim in a campaign against high fuel prices being waged in cyberspace by computer hackers

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 20, 2000

Crackers have struck again in protest against high oil prices. The latest target, this time in the UK, was the website of bank HSBC. Last week OPEC’s site was taken down for two days by a cracker attack.

The cracker known as ‘Herbless’ posted a message threatening to continue to attack corporate websites if the British government did not agree to cut its tax on petrol. Herbless has already claimed responsibility for defacing over 100 websites in the past two weeks as part of the protest against high fuel prices.

HSBC apologized to customers for the time that its site was off air, but denied that the attack represented a serious security breach, stating that it was only the homepages that were tampered with. The bank said that it manages all of its own security arrangements, while the home pages are managed by an external marketing company.

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