Feeds

DUP website translated into Irish by mischievous hacktivist

Aon ghéilleadh (no surrender)

Seven Steps to Software Security

A mischievous hacktivist broke into three websites run by the Democratic Unionist Party on Wednesday night to replace the website of the staunchly unionist Ulster party with an Irish language version.

Party leader Peter Robinson's welcome message to the site was translated into Irish and appended to include support of the "Irish Language Act", the BBC reports.

In reality, the DUP has repeatedly blocked the introduction of the proposed law, which is backed by nationalist majority party Sinn Fein.

The hacker, who rejoices in the Joycean moniker of Hector O'Hackatdawn @HectorOHackAtD), also defaced the websites of party bigwigs peterrobinson.org and jeffreydonaldson.org.

The DUP acknowledged, via Twitter, that its website had been "temporarily affected by malicious activity", adding that it had reported the matter to police. Its website (http://www.dup.org.uk) was restored to its regular English-only version by Thursday morning.

Hector responded to criticism of his hacking wheeze via Twitter. "Some people aren't happy with my hack. That's fine – We're not happy with your inability to enact an Irish language act. What now?"

The DUP, founded by Ian Paisley, is northern Ireland's single largest political party, holding eight seats at Westminster and 36 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The devolved government in Northern Ireland is run through a power-sharing agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein.

The hack on DUP websites follows a cyber-assault against a Fine Gael website election campaign website earlier this week. The website hack resulted in the exposure of personal details (IP addresses, phone numbers and email addresses) of 2,000 party supporters.

The list was sent to media organisations by the perpetrator, who claimed to be a member of Anonymous and said that the hack was a reprisal against the censorship of content on the site. The finegael2011.com home page was defaced to display a message – supposedly from Anonymous – explaining the motives behind the assault, as reproduced in a story by The Journal about the attack here.

However, other members of Anonymous were quick to disassociate themselves from the attack, whose motives are an awkward fit with recent campaigns by Anonymous against organisations seen as giving either WikiLeaks or file sharing sites a hard time. At a launch a week before the attack, Fine Gael claimed its hacked election campaign website was secure, Irish security consultant Brian Honan notes.

The compromised finegael2011.com website was hosted in the US, so the hack has been reported the US authorities, the BBC reports. ®

Bootnote

A hat-tip to Brian Honan for the Irish language translation help.

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
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
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu
Traffic flows up 20% as motorway middle lanes miraculously unclog
Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
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.
Reducing security risks from open source software
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.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.