Feds Suspend California Government

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-10-04 Print this article Print

Web Sites"> Sunbelt Software President Alex Eckelberry, whos been raising the red flag on hacked government and .edu domains for months now, was one of the people who warned the TAM (Transportation Authority of Marin) last month that it had a porn problem. According to a posting in his blog on Oct. 4, the TAM site is still compromised. "Despite all the hullabaloo, the now-infamous Marin County TAM website, responsible for a federal shutdown of ca.gov sites, is still not completely clean. While its not redirecting to malware or porn anymore, it still has some dirt underneath the fingernails," he wrote.
Marin isnt the only one with lingering problems. The site for the Superior Court of the County of Madera, Madera.courts.ca.gov, has also "experienced some pwnage," Eckleberry noted, with a variety of links showing up that direct visitors to online Viagra sellers. Those links were active on the afternoon of Oct. 4, when eWEEK called the Superior Court, only to find out that the court lacks a full-time technology support staff.
eWEEK Labs inspected the Madera County site on Oct. 4, finding a subdirectory named "/papper" with files that support active links to drug selling sites. Tulare County Superior Court also appeared to have been infiltrated with illegitimate redirects, as could be seen in cached pages of the site on Oct. 4, where links to hundreds of drug, insurance and pornography sites were listed. Current court pages do not contain the links. Sixty three percent of malware comes from U.S. sites. To read more, click here. These infiltrations of government and other major sites are, in fact, commonplace. On Oct. 4, Eckelberry pointed out that the Bank of Ghana was serving porn. Earlier that same day, he noted that Editors Note: This story was updated to include information from the GSAs statement. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEKs Security Watch blog.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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