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The website of junior transport minister Paul Clarke was hacked over the weekend by apparently motiveless mischief-makers. Defacers scrawled digital graffiti on, 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 …


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  1. John Smith Gold badge


    With 2m+ unemployed?

    And not even hosting in the UK?

    Clearly asking for it.

  2. Greg

    Not a very good hacker

    Look at the state the stupid script kiddie has made of the resulting page.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Hosted in the USA?

    Why is Labour (a BRITISH political party) hosting one of its sites in a foreign power? I guess it just goes to show how little Labour care about UK business.

  4. Harry

    "for reasons that are not immediately obvious"

    The immediately-obvious reason would probably be that the site was restored from an ages-old backup that was created in the bad old days when webmasters actually thought it was perfectly acceptable to create non-standard web pages that were only viewable in sub-standard non-W3c-compliant Microsoft browsers.

  5. g e

    "The site has been restored for IE users"

    A pretty obvious testing regime, then.


  6. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    Oi Leyden! A quick word about your JPGs.

    Given that it's not an in-line thumbnail, what really was the point of shrinking it down to the point of illegibility?

  7. Naich


    The server string is:

    Server: Apache/2.2.11 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.11 OpenSSL/0.9.8i DAV/2 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/

    so the platform looks like some kind of *nix.

  8. General A. Annoying

    "remains a jumble for Firefox fans for reasons that are not immediately obvious."

    Possibly due to them using completely clueless numpties to 'sort it out'?

  9. Mike Richards

    Quote of the day

    'It's unclear what platform is running on'

    In so many ways.

  10. Andy Livingstone

    How did they find out?

    Did someone actually visit a site like that???

  11. Anonymous Coward

    PHP SHell?

    Just looks like some kiddie loaded up a php/asp shell from RFI or from the same host that the site is on.

    Then just edit the header files that are included intot he page with some fucked up html

  12. EnricoSuarve

    All your datas is safe to us

    Remember kids that the data they will be collecting in their various ID, DNA, NHS, justbecausetheycan databases will be perfectly secure and stored in the UK

    Just like the DVLA data which was stored.. oh wait

    Like the child benefit info which... oh yeah

    err like the MP expenses data?.. nope that doesn't work either

    Pensions?.. that's another no

    Our government and data security - epic fail

    Our government, data security and all yours datas - truly epic fail of mind bogglingly awesome galactic levels of clusterfuck proportions


  13. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    Hosted in the.....

    USA !!! So as usual Labour fuck us all from all angles. They are quite happy to scrounge and fraudulently take money by deception from taxpayers but our own Country's webhosts are not good enough for them. Why not ?. Fuck Labour and god help any Labour member canvassing for votes in my area in next GE.

  14. Mark York

    Hosted in the.....

    Meanwhile from Canada, the (as well as US, Aus) website are hosted in Blighty & has been taken out by the numpties in Ilford working on the Olympic venues.

  15. foo_bar_baz
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    "wrong kind of ... on the line"

    Brilliant. It's only Monday and we've already got the pun of the week.

  16. John Smith Gold badge

    @Mark York

    Ah, but is Jobserve an official government site?

    If it is that is pretty staggering. Jobs (and enquiries about same) from the biggest (or 2nd biggest) economy in the world (with arguably the best net access) hosted in a country which clearly isn't.

    OTOH if its commercial that's just BAU.

    Thanks for the thought. It's put a spring in my step.

  17. NoOnions

    This put a big smile on my face!

    He's my MP. He was at my local shopping centre and so I had a chat. He gets a few points from me for being there (never seen an MP out and about before) but he lost them all when he opened his mouth. His listens and then ignores everything and tells you that a worse service is in your favour. In my case this was about the High Speed link to London. Who in Medway works in North London? Why cut our normal service for something we do not want? Anyway, rant over! Karma is at work!


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