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Kansas Hacking Prompts Changes

The victim of an extended hack attack has urged users to learn from his woes.

Alan Ballew, IT manager at Kansas City Economic Development Corporation, believes that performing regular backups to a Compaq robotic tape library helped his company survive a protracted attack last week.

A hacker grabbed the corporations Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Web server for a 40-hour period. Officials were eventually forced to take down the company Website as part of a cleanup operation on the affected server.

“Notice to all administrators: Do your backups,” Ballew says. “This is the type of scenario where your network is very fragile and has the potential of a catastrophic loss of service."

Although the exec is not aware of any data lost during the attack, his Website was still out of commission at the time of writing. Ballew tells NDCF it should be up and running again next week.

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