Cybervandal defaces OPEC website

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' website fell prey yesterday to an attack by a cybervandal evidently concerned about the global attention being focused on skyrocketing crude oil prices.


LONDON�The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' website fell prey yesterday to an attack by a cybervandal evidently concerned about the global attention being focused on skyrocketing crude oil prices.

The graffiti, penned by a self-styled voice of the people using the tag "fluxnyme," appeared at the bottom of the OPEC homepage urging OPEC needed to "get in gear with the price of crude [and] focus on the poverty-stricken countries, who don't even have enough money for aspirin, let alone exorbitant prices for heating oil."

After concerted international pressure, the 11 member states of OPEC signed up Sunday to a middle-way agreement to raise its collective daily crude output by 800,000 b/d starting in October, though this hike did little immediately to arrest spiraling oil price (OGJ Online, Sept. 11, 2000).

Though cybergraffiti defaces a website it is understood to be different from a "hack" in that it is not technologically difficult to perpetrate, nor especially damaging to the website.

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