NPA website hacked

2010-11-03 11:03
Cape Town - Hackers have targeted government websites in SA, with the National Prosecuting Authority's website being the latest to fall victim to attacks, a security expert has said.

"I was surprised when I saw it. They had four government websites and they defaced it just to show that they breached the server," Rian Visser, CEO of HackingStats.com told News24.

While the NPA website remains functional and accessible, the hackers have uploaded a file that illustrates their access.

"If you like to gamble, I tell you I'm your man You win some, lose some, it's -all- the same to me The pleasure is to play, it makes no difference what you say I don't share your greed, the only card I need is... the Ace Of Spades," it says in part.

Visser said that this was an example of a "White hat" hacker who breaks into systems to demonstrate its weaknesses and to show that it was possible to compromise the server.

Government websites hacked

"They could have deleted all the government websites on the server. White hat hackers don't do much damage, they do it to show they've breached security."

The hacker, calling himself DarkL0rD, says on the defaced page: "This is my world."

The guy who reported it is a 16-year-old from Iran," Visser said. "The NPA isn't aware of the hack yet."

HackingStats says on its website that 57 government websites have been hacked this year, mostly by White hat hackers.


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