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Newspaper “Hacks Into” Aussie Gov’t Website By Guessing URL

February 23rd, 2010 02:58 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

thelamecamel writes “According to the New South Wales state government, the Sydney Morning Herald, a local newspaper, attacked the government’s ‘website firewall security’ for two days to research a recent story. The affected government minister said that the website was accessed 3,727 times, and that this is ‘akin to 3,727 attempts to pick the lock of a secure office and take highly confidential documents.’ The matter has been referred to the police, who are now investigating. But how did the paper ‘hack’ the website? They entered the unannounced URL. Security by obscurity at its finest.”

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