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Bank of Jamaica website hijacked

Published:Wednesday | January 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Some persons trying to access the Bank of Jamaica's (BOJ) website on Tuesday were redirected to a site that appeared to be the homepage of a marketing company identifying itself as Network Solutions.

Instead of central banking data, boj.org.jm redirected browsers to a site advertising hot women, Bible verses, a 90% clearance sale, hotels in Negril, facebook and distance learning.

Information on the Network Solutions site indicates that the persons behind the website might be based in Jackonsville, Florida.

The site invites claimants of copyright infringement against Network Solutions to send their notifications to a Jackonsville address via fax or email.

BOJ information technology personnel said the central bank's data had not been compromised. And Senior Director of Public Relations Hillary Robinson said the problem appeared localised.

"Bank of Jamaica assures that all our systems are intact. From our checks, not all clients have the same experience when accessing our website.

It is clear that the problem relates to the channel through which access is made. The BOJ is currently investigating the problem," the central bank said in an email.

In an informal survey by Wednesday Business, eight out of 10 persons called across Jamaica said they were either had problems accessing the site or were redirected outright.

NCB - jncb.com - was also out for most of the day. Both NCB and BOJ's websites were back online before 7 p.m. last night.

neville.graham@gleanerjm.com