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Science Fiction Writers of America web site hacked

13/04/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Writers beware, the Science Fiction Writers of America site was seriously hacked and used to deploy a malicious trojan horse against all the sci-fi fans visiting their web site.

According to the SFWA, computers hackers infected the main home page of the web site and used it to deploy a malicious software Trojan against anyone browsing the web site.

In reality, this attack really would have only been likely to impact anyone surfing on old versions of web browsers without all the latest security patches and firewall software.

Their webmaster, Chris Hansen, has now, the SFWA stated, removed all of the infected web pages to kill the malicious code.

This is a worrying trend, as long gone are the days when hackers did this kind of thing for fun. Currently, this kind of attack is a strictly for profit enterprise, with trojans being deployed for identity theft and key-stroke logging of bank account details to allow criminal gangs to plunder savings from unsuspecting science fiction fans.

An unwelcome reminder that we should all look to our web site's security arrangements a lot more than we probably have time for. It's a 'there but for the grace of god go I' moment for all genre webmasters.

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