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County website opens to a site with this image, as of Dec. 13.

The Lincoln County website is hacked and now linked to a site that offers drugs from foreign countries.

For weeks, the county website has been compromised. Instead of taking a viewer to such offices as assessor, clerk and treasurer, it leads to a website that offers prescription drugs from India or Canada.

Officials are working to clean the site, County Clerk Rebecca Rossell said Tuesday, but she expects it will remain hacked for another week or so.

During the first week of December, from the Google search page, the county website linked to a “Healthy People” site that offered generic drugs, including viagra, from India.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, the site linked to similar offerings from Canada.

Rossell said the hack does not appear on courthouse computers, probably due to a better-than-average protective firewall.

Rossell said the site was reported to be hacked in late November, and she reported it to the IT administrator, who found an unauthorized administrator and removed him.

But the site still remains compromised.

The hacked website has offered such medicines as generic forms of Levitra, Viagra and Cialis for erectile dysfunction, generic Lasix, used in the treatment of congestive heart failure, as well as the antibiotic ciprofloxin.

On Google, the Lincoln County website is marked with a simple warning that says “This site may be compromised.” To remedy the situation, Google advises contacting the webmaster of the site, which has been done, Rossell said.

In the meantime, the Google warning advises users to be careful about providing personal information.

From a Yahoo search engine, the words "Lowest price Viagra" and "Viagra Shipped" appear next to the search bar after "Lincoln County Nebraska" is entered, but from there the county website opens as it should.

Also, copying and pasting the web address www.co.lincoln.ne.us into a browser window seems to circumvent the hack.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/13/2012
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