McCartney website dances to hacking tune

McCartney website dances to hacking tune
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 04 29 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 04 29 PM IST
London: Former Beatles star Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity victim to cyber criminals as the star’s website has been hacked.
McCartney’s online page was infected by the LuckySploit Toolkit, a programme which allows digital thieves to access the personal details of anyone using the site by tracking their keystrokes.
Experts at SafeScan, the company which first spotted the problem with McCartney’s website, claimed the hack began minutes after the musician appeared on stage at a benefit concert in New York with his former band-mate, Ringo Starr, the Independent reported.
“They obviously chose that time because they knew the site would be busy. We’ve seen this before with Paris Hilton and it can cause all sorts of problems. One of our clients was actually using (McCartney’s) site and reported it. Hackers like these do around one site a week and obviously the more high-profile it is, the better,” a spokesman for the firm said.
A representative for McCartney confirmed that all the problems with the website have now been resolved and fans are safe to get back online.
“Once we discovered what was going on, we sorted it out immediately.”
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First Published: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 04 29 PM IST