Yesterday (July 18, 2001), a Brazilian defacing group known as "Demoniados.Br" compromised and defaced a machine on UpsideToday's network. The machine "" 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 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 site:

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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.

UPSIDETODAY, a subsidiary of Upside Media, is a high-tech news site updated frequently throughout the day and night.'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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