Hacking leads to Web site probe

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 June, 2000, 12:00am

HACKERS posted two mysterious messages on a government Web site yesterday, sparking a police investigation and forcing the suspension of the site.

The words 'Own3d by the crows' and 'Hacks by O analista' were found on the home page of the Interactive Government Services Directory - which provides information such as traffic reports and an investment guide - at about 3.30pm.

Technicians shut down the site 15 minutes later.

A department spokeswoman last night stressed that the incident did not put any sensitive government information at risk.

'The directory is hosted in a stand-alone server system without connection to government internal networks,' she said.