Screenshot of J. C. Stroble's hacked website. (Aug. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina)
J. C. Stroble calling it at The Beacon. (File/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Just hours after his death, the website for a foundation founded by J. C. Stroble was hacked.
Stroble, who gained fame as the "caller" at the Beacon restaurant in Spartanburg, began the foundation to bring awareness to glaucoma. Stroble battled the disease that can cause blindness for decades.
The J. C Stroble Glaucoma Foundation Awareness site (jcstroblefoundation.org) was shut down Tuesday afternoon. For most of Tuesday morning, however, the site displayed messages about the Islamic Faith.
The hackers identified themselves by handles SeKLeeN and Game Over and even wrote an apology on the hacked website to the site's administrator.
Deveren Werne with Liquid Video Technologies in Easley analyzed the hacked website and said that it appears the hackers gained access by uncovering the administrator's password and username.
"They're looking to push the fact that they hacked the website,"said Werne. "And also get out whatever message they have."
Werne said hackers take every opportunity, even the deaths of notable people like Stroble, to get attention.
"The hackers don't have any regard, no regard for anyone or anything. They live by their own set of rules," said Werne.
Werne said fortunately it doesn't appear that any malware or viruses were uploaded to the website that could infect visitors' computers.
Those wishing to donate to Stroble's foundation are being asked to avoid the website for now and instead can mail donations to: Beacon Drive In-JC, P.O. Box 32374, Spartanburg, SC, 29304.
As of Wednesday morning, the website appeared to be back up and running.
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