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MTBA and National Series Web sites hacked

Mountain Biking Australia reported last week that the servers that host the MTBA and the Australian National Series Web sites were hacked the weekend of January 7th. The servers had to be shut down to restore service which took both sites offline and delayed delivery of news about upcoming events.

"The hacker did the whole server," said MTBA President Tony Scott, "which hosted more than just MTBA and the national series websites.

Scott says that no member data was compromised in the attack. "Only the top home page (and files) were affected," he said by email on Tuesday. "No MTBA membership information is kept on the server apart from contacts for MTBA affiliated clubs; even those are kept in lower-level directories," and protected differently and more securely that the main page he adds.

Service on the Web site was restored the day following the hack. In response to the vandalism, the MTBA webmaster has added more security on the web site and will shortly move the site hosting to a more secure server.

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