British Royal Navy’s Website Hacked, Restoration Continues

November 9th, 2010 - 6:57 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
crNov 9, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The British Royal Navy officials had to face embarrassment when they found out that their official website has been hacked. The military computer specialists are, however, investigating the cyber security breach and it has been reported that the website was hacked by a suspended Romanian hacker TinKode. The investigators are of the opinion that TinKode gained access to the military website by using a common hacking method named SQL injection on November 5.

British Royal Navy spokesperson said that there has been no “malicious damage” done to the website. However, he added that as safety measure, the site has been temporarily “suspended” as the investigators are trying to find out how the hacker got access to the account. The officials have placed a notice on the site where it is stated that “unfortunately” the British Royal Navy website is undergoing “essential maintenance” and asked the users to visit their website again later. Senior security analyst at Sophos, Graham Cluley said that the whole incident was “immensely embarrassing”. He said presently hacking and cyber crime is given top priority by the security system.

Graham Cluley also added that if the hacker wanted, he could have inserted links and he could have taken the whole website’s readers to malicious sites. The investigators said that TinKode carried out around 52 separate hacking in last one year. The navy officials also added that the website was compromised for a week but no damage is done. The website is generally used as a public relation site where details about navy operations, its equipments, career opportunities and programs are discussed. Graham Cluley said that the owners of other websites should take it as a warning because it can happen in their websites as well.

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