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Government website compromised

Date: December 23, 2005
Source: Australian IT

A hacker has made a successful and embarrassing attack on the website of federal Government agency Land and Water Australia.

The agency, which works in natural resource management, discovered its website had been defaced on Monday, but believed the attack could have been mounted over the weekend, a spokesman said.

Land and Water Australia (LWA) refused to make any comment on how its systems were breached.

While the LWA website's front page appeared be unaffected, any link on the page transferred the user to the website, which carried a picture of the Turkish flag and Turkish Gallipoli hero and founder of the modern Turkish state, Kemal Ataturk.

The webpage also carried the message "Hacked by Edjer/Turkish hacker/Edjer was here."

After a brief appearance, the page was initially replaced by a page on Turkish language forum website, also claimed to be "modified" by Edjer.
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