Provincial gov’t website hacked, porn links uploaded

By By Dinh Tuyen, Thanh Nien News

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The Hau Giang Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development shut down its website Tuesday after an alleged hacker attack left it decorated with thousands of links to pornographic websites.
Nguyen Van Dong, the department’s director, told Thanh Nien that a forum on the website was likely hacked and had 7,035 links uploaded to it.
Scattered around the forum were key words linking to sex sites.
On Monday afternoon, readers who visited the website told Thanh Nien about it.
Thanh Nien promptly informed the department, but the problem was not tackled immediately.
Similar links continued to be uploaded on the website until that evening.
The same day, Thanh Nien also found posts in the forums of two websites belonging to the Hau Giang Province People’s Committee and the Vietnam Environment Administration that included links to pornographic websites.
After being informed of the discovery, the Hau Giang website removed all the affected posts.
An IT expert said the attacks show that the websites are poorly administered and easy to hack.

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