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Web Site Online After Hijacking

June 22, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Violence Protection Center, a gun-control group, is back online after having its Web site defaced and address stolen by a pro-gun hacker.

The Washington-based group had not been able to receive e-mail nor modify since Sunday. For visitors, the address redirected to a different computer and showed a page containing obscenities and pro-gun slogans.

Network Solutions, based in Herndon, Va., was alerted Tuesday to the problem and fixed it. Web addresses are stolen frequently, according to a spokesman, as hackers use faked e-mail or false letterhead to fool Network Solutions into linking the Web address with a different server.

While hijacked, a colleague sent an e-mail to a VPC address only to have the hacker respond. Information in the e-mail pointed to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Naomi Seligman, a VPC spokeswoman, said that the group was working with the FBI in an effort to catch the culprit.

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On the Net: Violence Protection Center: http://www.vpc.org

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