Yesterday (July 18, 2001), a Brazilian defacing group known as
"Demoniados.Br" compromised and defaced a machine on UpsideToday's
network. The machine "commerce.upside.com" suggests that e-commerce
service or information could have been disrupted or compromised as a
result of the defacement. Many in the computer industry know upside.com as
the web site of the Upside magazine which covers business and technology
in their monthly publication. As with any compromise of a news resource,
questions arise as to the extent of the damage and the possibility that
news was altered. These types of attacks are known as Subversion of
Information (SoI) attacks and represent a true threat of web defacement.
There is no indication of such an attack occured on the site.
A mirror of the defacement can be found on the Safemode.org site:
More about Upside.com (http://www.upside.com/About/):
Upside Media Inc. is dedicated to providing its customers with high
quality, insightful media products that uniquely position the company as a
leader in the information technology field. Upside covers key business
issues and trends affecting high-tech companies in computing, software,
telecommunications, and e-commerce. In addition to its flagship magazine,
Upside has created a number of products in different media, including an
Internet site, books, conferences and television. The company has also
developed a creative, rewarding workplace for its growing workforce of
bright, dedicated employees.
Upside.com, a subsidiary of Upside Media, is a high-tech news site updated
frequently throughout the day and night. Upside.com's reporters, editors
and columnists cover all aspects of the tech sector, including the stock
markets, e-commerce, hardware and software, telecommunications, digital
entertainment and the media.
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