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New Irish Government security site hacked

The Irish government has scored a rather embarrassing own goal when its new website promoting Internet and network security was discovered on its first day to have a potential vulnerability. The Netsecure.ie site was unveiled on Wednesday by Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Dermot Ahern, and is the official website of the National Awareness campaign on Computer security. Unfortunately, within hours, the webmaster of Irish music site Cluas.com, Eoghan O’Neill found that the site could be spoofed and words and code inserted in an open asp script on the site. By running a long string of HTML in a Netsecure URL that started “http://www.netsecure.ie/netsecure/index.asp?maintitle=”, he was able to do a mock-up of the Netsecure.ie front page but with his name and a picture of Mickey Mouse inserted instead. Full Story

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