We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
78,131 News Articles

Santa Claus' website hacked

Stopbadware called in to fix site

Santa Claus reached out for a little help from Stopbadware.org this week.

The consumer advocacy group said it was approached by an Incline Village, Nevada, man who has legally changed his name to Santa Claus and who asked them to help figure out why his website was being flagged by Google's website filters.

It turned out that Santa's website, Santaslink.net had been hacked.

Claus is a children's advocate who has travelled across the US meeting with legislators, according to his website. He also makes seasonal appearances as Saint Nick.

"He had consulted local experts, which we can only assume were elves, but they were unable to identify anything wrong with his site," wrote StopBadware.org developer Jason Callina.

"Nestled all snug in the bottom of his homepage was a nice little bit of code containing a badware link," he added.

The problem was soon resolved "and the workshop is once again a safe place," Callina said.

Stopbadware.org was founded earlier this year, with funding from Google, Lenovo and Sun Microsystems as a community watchdog to help protect consumers from malicious software like spyware and viruses.

Callina said he's learned something from the Santa Claus experience.

"The moral of the story is that the Grinches who are looking to spread their unsafe software are willing to hack even Santa’s website."


IDG UK Sites

6 cheapest 4K TVs in the UK 2014: Get a UHD telly without breaking the bank

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 256GB, Early 2014) lab tests and benchmarks

IDG UK Sites

How to stop your parents opening and responding to phishing emails

IDG UK Sites

Google to ship first Project Ara developer boards in July