Last week, the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, refused service to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in response to the Trump administration’s position on the migrant child and family separation crisis. Now, the restaurant’s website has been hacked–again.
Given that small businesses don’t have the same level of investment in technology infrastructure as larger enterprises, they can become easier targets for hackers or hacktivists.
The website hacking is the latest attack on the restaurant and its co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, following the Sanders incident. Wilkinson was also doxxed–meaning her personal address and phone number were leaked online.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that the website was redirecting to a Japanese-language automotive blog.
Newsweek reports that in the most recent attack on Red Hen’s website, hackers injected code that redirected users to an Australian website that sells Viagra. Malware analyst Chris Boyd told Newsweek that he believes the attack was executed via black hat SEO, a tactic that involves using SEO to cheat search engines in order to get a quick financial return on a website. “Injecting redirection code to Viagra spam portals on a site currently at the heart of US-centric news is a dream come true for hackers, and they’ll no doubt be hoping to capitalize on an inevitable traffic boost to the restaurant’s website,” he said.
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