Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Local business Website hacked

This image replaced the Tower Inn's website, forcing visitors' to to view this image and render them unable to navigate the normal Website. Photo by Dan Duchene

This image replaced the Tower Inn's website, forcing visitors' to to view this image and render them unable to navigate the normal Website.
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By Dan DuChene
Nov. 6, 2008    ·    5:00 p.m.

Just in time for lunch, the Tower Inn Cafe's website was hacked.

The problem started this morning and was resolved by 12:30 this afternoon. However, this is the second time the local restaurant's website has been hacked in two weeks.

On both occasions, management contacted their Web host, Powweb, and was able to resolve the problem and change the password."

Instead of being able to view and navigate the site while the site was being attacked, a visitor would be greeted with a black screen. The top of the screen read, "Hacked by nskmr." In the middle is cloaked figure resembling the character in the famed "Scream" films. Below that the page read, "..::nskmr says:one TURK against the world::.."

The hacker signed off with, "sOOry admin :-D"

Rois Savvides, who owns the Tower Inn, said he thought the attack was aimed at him and his restaurant directly because of race.

"I thought it was against the Greek," Savvides said.

He said the Greeks and Turkish have been at odds with each other throughout history. However, when Savvides performed an Internet search of the hacker's handle he realized the attacks have been wide-spread throughout the Internet.

"It was not racially motivated," Savvides said. "It could happen to anyone."

Fortunately, it appears the attack only put the page in front of the Website's existing home page and did not effect the rest of the site at all.

"He could have changed the Website," Savvides said. "He didn't do anything like that."

He said visitors to the site shouldn't worry about the hacker because visiting the site does not effect the viewer's computer.

"Idiots don't have anything better to do," Savvides said.

Dan Carney, a Manager at the Tower Inn, said a women had called the restaurant during the first attack because she could not access the menu on the website. He said a driver had to deliver a menu, come back to the store to order and pick up the food. He then had to deliver that food back to the women and return to the store.

"I think it effects business, of course," Savvides said.

He said the hacker made customer service less efficient, hampered the business' image and caused Forces him to monitor the website.

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