Multiple Maine Newspaper Web sites hacked

The Internet sites of three Maine newspapers were the targets of a weekend attack by hackers.

According to US newswire reports, the hackers broke into the sites of MaineToday.com early Saturday morning and replaced legitimate Web news pages with replacement pages that said, "You are owned."

The reason for the parent multiple Web site hacks is that MaineToday.com operates a Web site under its own name as well as Internet sites for the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal in Augusta and Morning Sentinel in Waterville.

Joe Michaud, MaineToday's president, told reporters that the hackers appear to have accessed the site from the Brazilian Internet and were aware of a number of flaws in the site's operating system.

Fortunately for the papers concerned, the site hacks were discovered and corrected in a few hours and IT staff have changed the sites' security settings to prevent future problems of this nature...