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Hackers were able to use a Police Academy in India to host a phishing site.

Weak server security at the SVP National Police Academy in Hyderabad led to the Khaki cops becoming the unwitting hosts of a fake Bank of America phishing site. The slip-up, worthy of the inept cadets played by Steve Guttenberg and company in the long-running Police Academy series, was spotted during a review of international phishing sites by security researchers at F-Secure.

Somewhat embarrassingly among the courses offered by by the academy is one on computer crime, F-Secure notes. Hopefully course contents such as security incident response will be applied to good effect in this case.

Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer at F-Secure, writes: "The Police Academy has been notified, and we expect that they'll sort this out swiftly."

By Tuesday afternoon, around two and a half hours after F-Secure's posting, the phishing site was unobtainable. ®

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