AKRON—An unknown computer hacker or hackers "hijacked" Goodyear's corporate Web site in the early hours of June 24, posting a profanity-laced message that called into question the quality of Goodyear tires and mocked the tire maker's Web site security.
The message, complete with a picture of a wrecked car captioned "The result of Goodyear tyres," was posted for only a few hours, a Goodyear spokesman said, before Goodyear Web site security discovered the intrusion and took the site offline.
The Goodyear site—www.good- year.com—was offline for much of the day while those responsible for the Web site cleansed it of the foreign material and installed new security "fire walls."
This is the first time Goodyear's site has been breached, the spokesman said.
Since the site is a non-commercial one—that is, for information purposes only—no customer information was threatened.
Goodyear's Web sites are the responsibility of its corporate communications department.
The hacker taunted Goodyear's security measures, writing: "to the admin: dont patch your box, i like being on your system. And your outdated security is funny =]."
The hacker also appeared to boast to other hackers, referring to "packet kiddies," and listing nine other hacker aliases.
Goodyear is working with appropriate law enforcement agencies to try to identify the intruder, identified in the message as "p1mp (0rd)."
The intruder took over not only the goodyear.com site, but also several Goodyear subsidiary sites overseas.
P1mp (0rd) is believed to be associated with the "Black Hat haqquerez," a known hacker group.