City Manager Makes Tuttle World Famous
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#1 Mar 24, 2006
... and for all the wrong reasons!
I really hope your local media picks up this story - this guy sounds like a grade A fool!
Oklahoma city threatens to call FBI over 'renegade' Linux maker
Our mistake is YOUR problem
By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View
Published Friday 24th March 2006 20:20 GMT
The heartland turned vicious this week when an Oklahoma town threatened to call in the FBI because its web site was hacked by Linux maker Cent OS. Problem is CentOS didn't hack Tuttle's web site at all. The city's hosting provider had simply botched a web server.
This tale kicked off yesterday when Tuttle's city manager Jerry Taylor fired off an angry message to the CentOS staff. Tuttle had popped onto the city's web site and found the standard Apache server configuration boilerplate that appears with a new web server installation. Taylor seemed to confuse this with a potential hack attack on the bustling town's IT infrastructure.
"Who gave you permission to invade my website and block me and anyone else from accessing it???," Taylor wrote to CentOS. "Please remove your software immediately before I report it to government officials!! I am the City Manager of Tuttle, Oklahoma."
Few people would kick off a tech support query like this, but these are dangerous times, and Taylor suspected the worst.(Er, but only the world's most boring hacker would break into a site and then throw up a boilerplate about how to fix the hack.)
#2 Mar 24, 2006
I think the truely embrassing thing is the rudeness.
Kudos to CentOS for managing to not only maintain civility but to actually try to fix this guys problem. I'd have let him call the FBI (they need a good laugh now and again).
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