Hacker unites Mayor Rob Ford and his arch enemy, the Toronto Star

Visitors to Ford's old website are redirected to the newspaper he refuses to speak to.

Photo of Rob Ford courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Maybe it was a case of matchmaking, not hacking.

A prankster has hacked an old website used by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford by directing viewers to the online news site of the Toronto Star instead.

Ford is feuding with the newspaper, which ran a story he didn't like. They've refused to print an apology and he's refused to speak them since, or put them on the city's mailout list of announcements and appearances by Ford.

Maybe it was just a hacker attempting to bring the two parties back together.

The Canadian Press has the story:

TORONTO -- A website under Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's name is sending all who venture there to the Toronto Star site.

The Toronto newspaper has been in a public feud with the mayor for more than year.

An old website address previously used by Ford -- www.robford.ca -- now directs users to a message that reads: "Rob, we're sorry!!''

After a few seconds, users are then redirected to the website for the Star, which has been critical of Ford and his cost-cutting measures.

It's not known who is behind the prank.

Ford has refused to talk to Star reporters since an article in the paper last year concerning his conduct as a football coach.

The Star says that's the mayor's prerogative, but has objected because the paper is being denied notification of public events, briefings or announcements from Ford's office.

Torstar chairman John Honderich has said the Star is filing a complaint with the city's integrity commissioner.

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