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 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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  • Limpopoist - 2010-11-03 11:24

    last it was fire in pretoria court ,then bomb found in Mpumalanga court(dustbin) and NOW NPA website hacked....

  • Karen Mostert - 2010-11-03 11:31

    If nothing else, they quoted a good song. Motorhead - Ace of Spades

  • Karen - 2010-11-03 12:00

    If nothing else, it's a good song that they quoted - Motorhead, Ace of Spades

  • VAD - 2010-11-03 12:11

    No black hackers?....

  • Michael - 2010-11-03 13:41

    The hackers are coming with their "white hat" tendencies.... Bloody agents.

  • @Micheal - 2010-11-03 14:51

    The hackers are coming with their "white hat" tendencies.... Bloody agents.

    Priceless!!! LOL!!!!

  • Tshepiso - 2010-11-04 12:27

    @VAD, - White hat describes a hacker who identifies a security weakness in a computer system or network but, instead of taking malicious advantage of it, exposes the weakness in a way that will allow the system's owners to fix the breach before it can be taken advantage by others (such as black hat hackers.) Methods of telling the owners about it range from a simple phone call through sending an e-mail note to a Webmaster or administrator all the way to leaving an electronic "calling card" in the system that makes it obvious that security has been breached. While white hat hacking is a hobby for some, others provide their services for a fee. Thus, a white hat hacker may work as a consultant or be a permanent employee on a company's payroll. A good many white hat hackers are former black hat hackers. - Black hat is used to describe a hacker who breaks into a computer system or network with malicious intent. Unlike a white hat hacker, the black hat hacker takes advantage of the break-in, perhaps destroying files or stealing data for some future purpose. The black hat hacker may also make the exploit known to other hackers and/or the public without notifying the victim. This gives others the opportunity to exploit the vulnerability before the organization is able to secure it.The term comes from old Western movies, where heroes often wore white hats and the "bad guys" wore black hats.

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