Fishing gear seller caught in hacker’s net

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The UK’s biggest fishing shop has been hacked, with its website redirecting keen anglers to an adult website.

Angling Direct, which sells fishing gear online and through stores, said it was hit by the attack late on Friday.

On top of the website redirect, its Twitter account has been compromised to also reference a porn site and to post contact details for the attacker.

The company said it has brought in cyber-security experts to tackle the problem and alerted authorities.

On Angling Direct’s own Twitter account, the attacker posted a mocking tweet claiming the company had been sold to adult website Pornhub.

“Your data has already been transferred” to the adult video empire, it told fishing enthusiasts, apparently trolling them.

But Angling Direct said it is not clear if any personal data has been compromised – and that no payment data could be. The attacker also posted an email address where they could be reached, along with an offer to return “information and access” to the site. No public demands for ransom were made.

Read via BBC

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