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Trinidad president's office email hacked

Published:Sunday | August 24, 2014 | 10:11 AM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug. 24, CMC - The Office of the President is investigating an incident in which the email account of a high level member of staff has been hacked.



This has resulted in e-mails being sent to several people, including State officials on the staff member’s contact list.



A statement from the Office of the President on Saturday noted the sent e-mails contained the following message: “I sent you an e-mail earlier but I notice the failure delivery, so I sent it using a secured line, view here to read the message.”



People who may have received the message were advised not to access the hyperlink to avoid the possible spread of the e-mail and the subsequent compromising of their own e-mail accounts.



"Anyone who may have inadver­tently accessed the hyperlink is advised to immediately change the passwords for their e-mail accounts, preferably on a computer system on which the suspect e-mail was not accessed and to have their respective Information Technology personnel advise whether any further action may be warranted," the statement said.



“The Office of The President views the matter with great concern and considers it to be an insidious attempt to compromise the integrity and confidentiality of communications both within and outside of the Office of The President.



“The matter is being pursued assiduously with the assistance of the relevant specialist agencies and authorities to establish the source of the e-mail and to determine if there was any breach of the laws of Trinidad and Tobago and, if such a breach did occur, whether or not those responsible fall within the prosecutorial remit of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” the release added.



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