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Bundaberg Library website used as hacker's billboard

POLICE are investigating after the Bundaberg Regional Libraries website was hacked by a Syrian activist.

The hacker, who goes under the name, Dr.SHA6H, took over the website on Sunday evening, launching a post, flag and graphic video on the homepage.

The hacker then took to social media site Twitter posting, "#Hacked the official website of the Bundaberg Regional Libraries in #Australia + Message from the #FreeSyrian" and a link to the website.

Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman held a press conference yesterday morning and said he did not believe Bundaberg was a specific target.

"I think it was definitely random," he said.

"It's just that the specific software that we have on our computers here was the software that this group or person was trying to hack into over a number of sites in Australia and probably the world."

Cr Forman said the council's staff had the website back under control by midnight on Sunday.

"There's no intervention of compromise with our data or information."

But Bundaberg Computer company director Geoff Augutis said that was unlikely to be true.

"It would be speculation, but I doubt it," he said.

Mr Augutis said like banks, it may be the case that library website stored its data off site.

"But for most people, their systems aren't that advanced," he said.

Mr Augutis said it was likely the council's library website was vulnerable.

"Most of the vulnerabilities we see are human made," he said.

Mr Augutis said it may be something as simple as the admin login being 'username' and 'password'.

"A lot of websites are left with those basic credentials," he said.

The hack to the library website was not Dr.SHA6H's first, website Hackread lists the user as an anti-Bashar al-Assad activist who committed a "massive cyber attack on high-profile banking infrastructure of the United States in which five official websites of US Bank Corp were hacked and defaced".

Dr.SHA6H is labelled numerous times online as a "famous" hacker, having hacked the Mozilla Corporation in Hungary, among other worldwide targets.

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