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Newspapers under hacker attacks

Date: June 23, 2006

The Internet sites of three Maine newspapers were hacked into during the weekend by someone who replaced legitimate Web news pages with replacement pages saying, "You are owned."

The hackers broke into the Web sites of early Saturday morning, according to President Joe Michaud. operates a Web site under its own name as well as Internet sites for the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

The hackers, who were apparently out of Brazil, managed to find security weaknesses that enabled them to break into the sites at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Michaud said. The problem was discovered at about 6:30 a.m. and the sites for the most part were back to normal a few hours later.
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