Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spring Hill Chamber site hacking traced to China - - 10 Feb 2010

SPRING HILL — If the Chamber of Commerce's Web site looks a little outdated, it's because it was mysteriously hacked by someone in China.

As odd as it sounds, it happened, said Chamber Chairman Gary Stephens, who told chamber members recently that the site is under repair for the next few weeks.

"I was thinking, 'Why would anyone want to hack us?' " Stephens later said.

It appears the hackers were trying to use the admin page on the chamber's site to redirect viewers to other sites, he said.

The site includes event calendars and information about chamber members, such as phone numbers and addresses, but no personal information that would put anybody at risk for identity theft, said Katie McKeel, the chamber's interim director.

"All our online payments for luncheons are made through PayPal," McKeel said. "We don't actually handle that."

Stephens said the outdated information on the site made it apparent that the site was not working properly. He said the chamber is working with a new host to update security measures and rewrite the site. He said he expects the work to be finished and an updated version of the site to be up in a few weeks.

"It was more annoying than anything," he said. "We just want to make sure we provide a good Web site and a safe Web site."

By Jill Cecil Wiersma

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