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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Hacker Attack On Epileptic Support Forum

Wired is reporting that a group of hackers believed to be members of "Anonymous", the group that has targeted the Church of Scientology, injected javascript code last week into a forum run by The nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation. The code caused flashing animations to display in unsuspecting forum viewers browsers, which in some cases was enough to trigger migraines and seizures. "We are seeing people affected," says Ken Lowenberg, senior director of web and print publishing at the Epilepsy Foundation. "It's fortunately only a handful. It's possible that people are just not reporting yet -- people affected by it may not be coming back to the forum so fast." The site shut the forum down approximately 12 hours after the attack. This is a juvenile prank that could have serious consequences, let's hope that the perpetrators come to their senses and find other means of drawing attention to themselves.