MU police look into Missourian’s Web site trouble

Files were corrupted but not stolen, the executive editor said.
Monday, September 10, 2007 | 8:46 p.m. CDT; updated 9:28 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

COLUMBIA — MU police are investigating an incident that took down the Missourian’s Web site for more than three days.

MU systems security analyst Mitchell Rackers notified police about the incident at 11:25 a.m. Thursday. He declined to give details.

The MU Police Department incident log lists the inquiry as a possible “computer crime,” defined in the public document as tampering with computer equipment, systems or networks resulting in damage of $1,000 or more.

Terry Robb, director of the MU Department of Information Technology, said “no confidential information has been compromised.”

Tom Warhover, executive editor of the Missourian, said it’s too early to know if a crime took place.

“Files were corrupted but not stolen,” Warhover said. “I have no indication that anything criminal has occurred.”

He noted that the issues with the server might have been caused by human error, not necessarily malicious intent.

The Missourian news servers are covered by the same security system as the university’s network. The Missourian servers “are physically in MU’s data center and use the MU network,” Robb said.

The Missourian’s Web site is now fully operational. A temporarily text-only Web site was created while technicians worked to stabilize the site.

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