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Government websites in hate mail attack

Less than a day after the British government was left red-faced after hackers defaced websites including that of the e-envoy Andrew Pinder, two more government servers were hacked, but this time by different intruders.

The sites in question were the regional site for North East Lincolnshire, at nelincs.gov.uk, and South Tyneside’s council site at s-tyneside-mbc.gov.uk.

In a rather touching move, the intruders dedicated the hacks to their girlfriends, and then proceeded to rant about freedom of information and peace on Earth.

They ended their hack with: ‘Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Serbia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chile, Peru, Myanmar, Brazil, Philippines, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Kurdistan, Turkey, Algeria, South Africa, China, Taiwan, Chechnya r places where freedom is a dream, open your eyes, open your mind, wake up, and all toghether we’ll turn freedom from dream 2 reality. You can agree with us or not. If you agree with us let diffuse this message 2 make our ideas become everybody’s ideas (sic).’

Both sites have since been repaired, but the recent spate of government sites hit have turned the e-envoy’s words of warning to hackers into nothing more than a hollow threat. The government will have to try harder if ‘people should feel that government is secure and cannot be brought down’.

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This article first appeared on vnunet.com.

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