(West Plains) – Online subscribers of the longtime-newspaper West Plains Daily Quill received a shock in their inbox on Wednesday morning, after a hacker reported that he had breached the online security system.
In the email, forwarded to Ozark Radio News from a number of online subscribers, the hacker, going by the name of “Lulzfunny”, says he is a retired hacker who wanted to expose the security flaws in the system to the paper. He says in the email that he will not be stealing any information from subscribers or harming the paper in any way.
In an email correspondence with Ozark Radio News, “Lulzfunny”, who says he lives in the state of Missouri but not in West Plains, says that he has been a hacker for the last 6 years, but decided to put his talents to good use and help websites with security flaws fix their issues. He says that he gained access to the site’s internal workings within 90 seconds around 4:30 AM Wednesday morning.
“Lulzfunny” says that had he been one of the malicious hackers, he could have rerouted the payment username and password the paper uses and take roughly $900 in payment from subscribers.
“The main reason I do this is to educate, because in this day and age a hacker with decent knowledge can make $2,000 per week easy from stolen information (like) credit cards, PayPal Accounts, Email Lists, Personal Information…I hope that the Newspaper takes my advice and get’s everything fixed in a timely manner. I will definitely be keeping an eye on it to make sure they do get it fixed because security is everything.”
Representatives with the Quill told Ozark Radio News Wednesday morning that they are looking into the security flaws and how to fix them.