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5 government websites attacked by Kurdish hacker

The government has today confirmed five websites were hacked last week, four of which have now been restored. Web sites belonging to the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) and the Fiji Police Force that were “defaced” last week are now back online.  The Immigration Department website is still offline. Permanent Secretary for Communications & […]

Staff Writers

March 11, 2016 3:05 pm

The government has today confirmed five websites were hacked last week, four of which have now been restored.

Web sites belonging to the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) and the Fiji Police Force that were “defaced” last week are now back online.  The Immigration Department website is still offline.

Permanent Secretary for Communications & Information Technology, Ewan Perrin told Newswire their priority had been to restore the websites.

Our priority has been to restore the affected websites first. We are continuing with our forensic investigations and we have engaged external support to assist us.

We have fully restored police, military and PNG foreign affairs. We are awaiting confirmation of content with Lands before we can restore that site..

According to Mr. Perrin, the government hosts 58 websites and only five were affected. All have been restored except for the Immigration Department.

The affected websites were:

1. www.lands.gov.fj
2. www.police.gov.fj
3. www.rfmf.mil.fj
4. www.immigration.gov.fj
5. png.foreignaffairs.gov.fj

Mr. Perrin clarified they were currently working on the Immigration website.

There was no sensitive or private data compromised on any of them. The attack has served as a reminder for website developers and administrators to be vigilant and to ensure they build security into their sites.

We are currently verifying and reloading Immigration Department content. We will then commence testing and we expect the website to be back up on Monday.

Mr. Perrin added, “it is important to note that no matter how well we secure our websites, there is always a risk of malicious attack,”.

Last Friday, Newswire reported that MuhmadEmad, a Kurdish hacker known for his anti-ISIS views, hacked websites belonging to the RFMF, Police and Immigration Department.

MuhmadEmad uploaded a picture of the Kurdish flag along with the words, “KurDish HaCkerS WaS Here” and “HaCKeD by MuhmadEmad, Long Live to peshmarga.” This was a reference to the Kurdish army of Peshmerga, an anti-Islamic State force based in Iraq.

This page had replaced the homepage of the RFMF, Fiji Police, and Fiji Immigration websites this morning.
This page had replaced the homepage of the RFMF, Fiji Police, and Fiji Immigration websites this morning.

MuhmadEmad has reportedly hacked numerous U.S. and Turkey government websites over the past two years.

Website defacement:

Website defacement is an attack on a website that changes the visual appearance of the site or a webpage. These are typically the work of system crackers, who break into a web server and replace the hosted website with one of their own.

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