Hacker cuts library catalog access

MySan Antonio.com has a report on a mischievious hacker that shut an OPAC down in San Antonio, TX.

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I warn you before,\" it read in part. The hacker also left greetings for friends and signed himself as the \"Great Magoo.\" He blamed President Clinton for his actions.\"he hacker\'s message — including an admonition to vote Socialist — was laced with misspellings and misgivings about the library\'s computer staff.


\"I warn you before,\" it read in part. The hacker also left greetings for friends and signed himself as the \"Great Magoo.\" He blamed President Clinton for his actions.
Beth Graham, spokeswoman for the library, said all in-library computers are working, and that all patron information and internal information systems are protected.


\"The only thing affected (on Tuesday) was access to the catalog information, and that was only on computers outside the library using the Internet,\" Graham said. \"When we discovered the hacking early Tuesday, we simply put up a notice that the catalog was temporarily unavailable. The other databases were unaffected.\"


Databases accessible through the library Web link at www.sat.lib.tx.us include ProQuest Direct, with more than 5,000 magazines and newspapers; KidsQuest Direct, a similar database for children; Gale Literary Resource Center, a compilation of biographies, literary criticism and information; and Facts on File, complete information on major events of the past 20 years.

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