Hackers destroy Exmouth website

PUBLISHED: 11:17 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth website has been forced to close after militant hackers with a hatred of Britain and America breached the site. Exmouthonline.com was recently targeted by a group known as the Oobatz Team. The group, thought to be from Turkey or Greece, claims

AN Exmouth website has been forced to close after militant hackers with a hatred of Britain and America breached the site.Exmouthonline.com was recently targeted by a group known as the Oobatz Team.The group, thought to be from Turkey or Greece, claims its actions are terrorist linked and that its members are paid $5,000 by activists for each British or American website it infiltrates.Exmouthonline.com administrator Daniel Smith, 22, of Evergreen Close, said that personal information logged by its members had been spared and not infiltrated by hackers.Determined not to let the extremists win, Mr Smith has now created a new website, www.community.eastdevononline.com covering Exmouth and the rest of East Devon.The new site has a host of powerful security measures in place to prevent the hackers returning. Mr Smith, a former Sidmouth College student, said: "I have done some investigations and the hacker is in her 30s or 40s and called Abbi." He added: "I found out the reason they did it was because I got someone to speak to them via email."They said things about Britain, America and terrorism. It gets on my nerves because I have got nothing to do with anything like that."I am annoyed for the users of the website and the dedication that people put into the site, because it's been wasted."Mr Smith first learned the hackers had destroyed the popular site when he routinely logged in one night.A message had defaced the homepage which read 'sorry you have been hacked by the Oobatz Team of hackers'.The layout of the page was jumbled up, and text and fonts were out of sync.The old site was dedicated solely to Exmouth, while the new domain name incorporates the whole of East Devon.The new site already has more than 350 regular users.Mr Smith said he was grateful to all the site's paid sponsors for supporting the new domain name."It's not on any search engines yet, but I am already getting a lot of traffic from people typing it in," added Mr Smith.

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