Feeds

UK transport minister's website pwned

Wrong kind of hats on the line

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

The website of junior transport minister Paul Clarke was hacked over the weekend by apparently motiveless mischief-makers.

Defacers scrawled digital graffiti on labourisworking.com, which is run by the Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport.

A message on the site reads "HACKED BY Red Virus. just for fun. I just want say fuck you. this message from egypt." A screenshot of the attack can be found here.

The site is hosted in the US, according to Netcraft. It's unclear what platform labourisworking.com is running on.

The site has been restored for IE users, but remains a jumble for Firefox fans for reasons that are not immediately obvious.

The attack bears the hallmarks of a random search for website vulnerabilities by a previously unknown hacker followed by a defacement. Not particularly serious, but still embarrassing. ®

Bootnote

Thanks to political blogger DizzyThinks for the tip. He writes, mischievously, "I wonder what he did to upset the Egyptians?"

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.