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Hacker Targets Directors Guild of Canada Website

The online disruption of the Canadian union's website led to the leaking of personal information about the country's top film and TV directors.

TORONTO -- A hacker site called ObeySec took over a computer server at the Directors Guild of Canada on the weekend.

The external hacker used the handle legionnaire on Sunday to commandeer the DGC site and obtain the personal data of over 2,000 members, including Canada's top film and TV directors.

"I can confirm that the DGC website was hacked," DGC spokeswoman Alex Sosa said Monday in a statement. "We have locked down the site and the security breach has been contained."

She added, "We are currently doing a security sweep across the DGC offices in all the regions and we are confident that we will be up and accessible via the website soon."

According to Cyber War News, which first raised the alarm on the hacking, the attack led to the leaking of clear text passwords for the affected DGC members whose personal information is stored on the guild's website.

The hacking incident came despite technological safeguards on the DGC website to protect key information required for e-commerce transactions, like the payment of dues.

International media organizations in recent months have been similarly targeted by hackers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.