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Aspen Music Fest website under attack

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Attempts to call up the Aspen Music Festival's website Wednesday produced this warning. A festival spokesperson said the website had been hacked.
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ASPEN – A little more than two weeks before the start of the Aspen Music Festival’s 60th anniversary season, its website was as inaccessible as Stravinsky to the untrained ear.

On Wednesday, the festival website displayed a warning that appeared to be from the search engine Google. It read: “Reported Attack Site! This web site at http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com has been reported as an attack site and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

“Attack sites try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.

“Some attack sites intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.”

A link to “Why this site was blocked” explained that the website had been listed as suspicious and that visiting it could harm a user’s computer.

A festival spokesperson said Wednesday the aspenmusicfestival.com website had been hacked and that an alternate website had been established, but attempts to reach a festival representative for a further explanation were unsuccessful.

A site at http://www.aspenmusic.org appeared to contain the same information that had been available at aspenmusicfestival.com, including a calendar of events and ticket information. The festival season begins June 25.

The warning posted to the website appears to be similar to one posted at Aspen Film’s website last April, when its site was the victim of a hack job in the middle of Aspen Shortsfest, said Laura Thielen, the organization’s executive director.

First, a picture of an infant wearing diapers and a clown nose, accompanied by text in Portuguese, appeared on Aspen Film’s site, before it was replaced, legitimately, with a warning to users. Several other local organizations’ website were also hacked, Thielen said.

“It was a nightmare for six weeks. It was really damaging. My heart goes out to” the music festival, she said.

janet@aspentimes.com


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