Holland College website hacked

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on September 24, 2015

A skull wearing a gas mask replaced pictures of smiling students after someone hacked the Holland College website.

Some time overnight someone claiming to be from the group Blood Sec Hackers replaced the usual college information with a warning.

“If you do care about your server, files, and other confidential information instead of watching porn infront (sic) of your PCs, why not patch your security?” the page read.

The page also said no files or data were deleted during the hack.

Along with the text defacing the site, the page played heavy guitar music and included a spinning Blood Sec Hackers skull logo.

Richard MacDonald, Holland College’s director of information technology services, said he got a call around 7 a.m. this morning that the site had been hacked.

He called in the college’s web developer and the proper website was back up around 8:30 a.m.

MacDonald said the hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability and replaced a file to redirect visitors.

As of Thursday morning MacDonald didn’t know what that vulnerability was.

“That’s exactly what we’re investigating now is which vulnerability they did exploit,” he said.

MacDonald said there isn’t any confidential information on the website so students and staff don’t have to worry about it being compromised.

“The worst they could do was disrupt us, which they did,” he said.