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Man arrested after website of previous employer not showing in search engine results


A British Citizen, Christopher Gardner, who is currently  living in New York was arrested by US authorities and charged with hacking systems of a newspaper company – his previous employer.

Gardner worked as a web administrator/web designer for the company between April 4, 2011 and June 19, 2012.

Following his termination, the web developer contacted Dan’s Papers’ IT Director and offered to redesign the websites.But, his offer was declined.

Hacking incident.

An unknown individual had accessed the FTP server of the company’s website, Danshamptons.com. After knowing the breach, the IT Director of Dan’s Papers contacted the FBI.

The hacker accordingly edited the robots.txt file hosted on the website’s server making sure that the website would not appear in the results of major search engines -like Google and Yahoo!

It then causes the website unseen in the search engines that lasted for several days.


After investigation by the authorities, it appeared that the hacker behind the incident was Christopher Gardner.

He was traced back with the help of his Internet service provider, verizon and by Google.

Gardner may face 10 years in prison when convicted.

Source: Security News -Softpedia.

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