|Hackers Attack Student's Web Site|
|Associated Press News Wire (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 22:13:18 -0600
A Web site that earned an enterprising British student $1 million|
suffered a crippling attack by ransom-seeking hackers.
Alex Tew, 21, said Wednesday that his Million Dollar Homepage was
Tew had sold 10,000 small squares of advertising space on the Web site
But Tew said that on Jan. 7, he received a threat from an organization
"It was written in poor English, but the hackers asked for $50,000,
Tew ignored the threat. Hackers then initiated a so-called distributed
Tew said the site now works normally.
Tew, from Wiltshire, a county in southern England, said he informed
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the agency was investigating.
Such extortion cases targeting Web sites are occurring with greater
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