Yesterday, when the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the New York Times, it was a development of great importance. Over the weekend, when a university hospitality web site was hacked in defense of hungry Canadian Juggalos, the hack was of very little significance. But it was still pretty funny.
On Sunday night, the University of British Columbia's food-services site was rudely interrupted from reminding students about the school's campus partnership with the local Domino's and replaced with a crude tribute to Insane Clown Posse, including an embedded YouTube video of Juggalo anthem Twiztid's "We Don't Die" and "I'm Down Wit the Clown/Til I'm Dead in the Ground" Ringmaster-themed background wallpaper. According to the temporary splash page, the dining-services site was targeted for “never feeding Canadian Juggalos at UBC College.”
This is an admittedly amusing hoax. For one, the new text attributed the hack to Anonymous affiliate @ShadowDXS, the Twitter handle of Branndon Pike, a Florida twentysomething who'd been previously pranked by LulzSec in 2011. Last night on Twitter, Pike denied any involvement with Anonymous or the UBC hack:
I'm gonna make this clear, I have not defaced any websites. The people attached to #Anonymous are not representing me.— Branndon Pike (@ShadowDXS) August 28, 2013
As for attacking UCB's site for "not feeding Canadian Juggalos"? Hahahahaha.
The Ubyssey, UBC's student newspaper, reports:
Chris Yong, senior IT manager for Student Housing and Hospitality, said the website was altered around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, August 25. He became aware of the intrusion around 11 p.m. that night. The website was back to normal around 9 a.m. on Monday.
Yong said website became vulnerable on Friday after a new employee updated the site, but forgot to re-implement some security measures.
“We have a new tech and I guess we put the procedure in place to make sure that after he makes changes he hardens the site after. It’s a training issue,” said Yong.
Yong said the hacking was likely done by a group in the United States using a plugin that scans websites looking for vulnerabilities.
Not a hoax: the existence of Canadian Juggalos. "They're underground. They're tunnel-runners. You might not know it, but they're there," Violent J told MTV Canada a few years back. In fact, there's enough of a Canuck fanbase that Insane Clown Posse announced earlier this month they'd be returning to the Great White North after a very long hiatus—Shaggy 2 Dope is finally off parole, so they can leave the country.
[screenshot via The Ubyssey]
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