Lenexa-based Sur-Tec website attacked by Anonymous, no data accessed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2012 Contact: Todd Dupriest, President and CEO of Sur-Tec, Inc. tmdupriest@cmka.com, 913.647.7720


Lenexa, KS – The notorious global hacking organization known as Anonymous has attacked the Sur-Tec website, sur-tec.com, confirmed in a statement released by the group early on Valentines Day.

Although Sur-Tec was not the intended target of the attack, its server was overwhelmed and its pages and content were deleted. “We do not keep any client information on our website server so we have confirmed that no client data has been accessed or compromised.” says Sur-Tec President and CEO, Todd Dupriest.

Sur-Tec joins a long list of hacked sites in the United States by the hacktivist group including Citibank, The Department of Justice, The Central Intelligence Agency, Time Warner, The Federal Trade Commission and Sony just to name a few.

“It appears we were collateral damage and not the intended target.” states Rick Kerns, Director of IT for Sur-Tec, “They hacked our web server but we don’t house any sensitive data on there. We lost web functionality for a few days but we are back up and running.”

In a statement released by Anonymous, the intended target of their efforts was Combined Systems, a Pennsylvania based manufacturer of tear gas whose products were allegedly used against protestors in Egypt. Anonymous acknowledged that the hack came on the anniversary of the Bahrain uprising but the group did not specify as to the significance or relation of the event to this attack.

In an earlier statement to their clients, Sur-Tec confirmed the attack and noted that they would be reviewing their security measures and make necessary improvements in an effort to prevent such events in the future.

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