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Probe into hacking of government websites complete

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Junior Minister in the Technology Ministry, Julian Robinson, says a probe into the recent hacking of government websites is complete but a report is not expected until next week.

The Opposition first raised concerns that several government websites were defaced or made unavailable in recent weeks.

The Government has since admitted at least 10 of its websites were targeted by computer hackers over the past three weeks.

Robinson also disclosed this week that help was requested from the Organisation of American States, and a team was subsequently sent to Jamaica to provide support with cyber security incident management.

The junior minister says the team completed its work yesterday, has left the island and is expected to submit a report next week.

Meanwhile, Robinson is insisting that government data were not compromised.

In response to Opposition calls for a national cyber crime strategy, he says in the coming weeks, Jamaica will officially adopt one.

The source of the attacks is not officially confirmed but Internet reports suggest that the group named "AnonGhost" may be responsible.

An Internet page has surfaced showing a screenshot from the group's Facebook page which gives the address for several Jamaican government websites that may have been hacked.

This is not the first time that the Government's websites are being targeted.

Earlier this year, a study by cyber-security consultant, Andrew Gordon, revealed that at least 43 government entities are at the risk of being hijacked by cyber criminals because those sites lack the requisite security features.

The hacking of the Jamaican government websites coincides with the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the American subsidiary of Japanese technology and media giant, Sony.


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