Hackers broke into Eurosport's English-language portal site(www.eurosport.com) Feb. 11 at about 10:30 a.m. Central European Time. The intruders pasted a black-and-white sheet over the site with the following message: "This site has been hacked by the BlackHand of Yugoslavia.''
The attack closed the home page for about two and a half hours, shutting down banner advertising for marketers including razor manufacturer Gillette Co. and car makers Kia and Peugeot as well as in-house e-commerce applications run by EuroSport.
Pages behind the portal and corresponding advertising were not affected by the attack, nor was EuroSport's popular German-language site (www.eurosport.de).
While the BlackHand of Yugoslavia claimed credit for the attacks against Yahoo!, CNN and other sites during its intrusion at the EuroSport site, company officials are unable to confirm whether the incidents are linked.
"At this point, our main concern is improving security to ensure that we are more prepared for the next time someone tries this,'' a EuroSport source says.
EuroSport, which operates Europe's top regional satellite TV channel, will not let the Internet hacking slow down expansion of Web site operations. The company will unveil six new sites by year-end, allowing it to provide sports-related content in seven languages.
At present, the main site averages an estimated 1.3 million individualvisitors per-month and 10 million pages viewed.
Copyright February 2000, Crain Communications Inc.