Is this a hacker I see before me?
The site is located at
and the text read as follows:
Qur'an 3:19: - Indeed the religion in sight of Allah is Islam and those who were given the scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them - out of jealous anomosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah, then indeed Allah is swift in [taking] account.
You may notice something written underneath which says
This is related to a campaign waged by the hacker targeting escort sites, which involves both defacements and data theft.
I’m not entirely sure what Stratford Upon Avon’s .gov page has to do with this, so I guess this is just a way to promote their anti-escort cause. While writing out this entry, the site has apparently been fixed. The page now looks a bit more Bardish:
There’s no word on how the hacker got in, but one hopes whatever vulnerability was used has now been corrected. We’ll update the post with more information as we get it, but for now you should be okay to explore the website of Shakespeare’s hometown.
This is one compromise whose little life has been rounded with a server-side sleep…