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Government websites hacked so that they install malware

Two interesting stories on hacking this week.  The first is a joke and the second is worrisome.

The
joke is that we have a race here in London.  The race is to see who can
win the vote for Mayor of London this Thursday: Ken Livingstone (Labour) or Boris
Johnson (Conservative). 

Sorry, that’s not the joke.   

The joke is that the official blog of Harriet Harman (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party) has had to close down after a fake blogger
hacked her website and put notices up that she had left the Labour
Party and joined the Conservatives.  She’s defected because she wants to support Boris and not Ken. 

Oh dear!

How did they hack her official blog?

Username: Harriet
Password: Harman

What a doozey!

Then there’s the story
that America’s Department of Homeland Security, the United Nations and
the UK Civil Service websites have all been hacked
through SQL infections. These infections mean that when a visitor goes
to the site,they are redirected to another website which tries to
install malware on their system.

Watch out, watch out, there’s a Trojan about.

About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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