Levi’s Sites Caught With Pants Down

By Julian Matthews

Crackers defaced multiple Web sites belonging to apparel-maker Levi Strauss & Co. on Friday including flagships levi.com and dockers.com.

Jeff Beckman, a spokesperson for the company, said the server was immediately shut down shortly after the intrusion happened at about 12:30 p.m. EDT.

“The global ’splash’ pages of levi.com and dockers.com were affected. Anyone trying to get into our regional sites via our global ’splash’ pages was unable to during the two to three hours downtime,” he said.

Beckman confirmed that corporate site Levistrauss.com was also affected on the same day.

The hack was claimed by “Perfect.br”, an active Internet vandal of various sites around the world, and had been reported to security mirror sites safemode.org and alldas.de.

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Malaysian ISP Admits “Human Error” In Security Fiasco

By Julian Matthews, Newsbytes

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Government-funded research corporation and Internet service operator Mimos Berhad admits that a staff member carelessly placed a large number of confidential company files on a publicly accessible Internet server.

Mimos Chief Operating Officer Dr Mohamed Awang-Lah said in an e-mail response to Newsbytes on Sunday that the incident was the result of “human error” and “carelessness.”

“One of our staff created a directory on a server and accidentally made it publicly accessible. The staff member uploaded the files for back-up purposes without taking adequate measures to protect them,” he said.

Dr Mohamed said “appropriate action” will be taken against the errant staff member but declined to say whether this would result in her dismissal. Read more

Gateway traces hacker of Malaysian Web site

By Julian Matthews

KUALA LUMPUR–Direct-selling giant Gateway Inc has traced a hacker who defaced its Malaysian Web site on Sunday and threatens legal action.

Bob Sherbin, vice president of Asia/Pacific corporate communications, said in statement to CNET Asia that the hacker only known as “ieet” is from the U.S. and “we will be seeking to prosecute the individual.”

The hacker took down Gateway Malaysia’s main page and replaced it with the message “ieet wants a gateway for x-mas ;o) ” and suggested Web site owners go to Microsoft’s homepage to “fix this hole.”

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