Thursday, March 3, 2016

Kurdish hacker targets Fiji police, military websites - offline all day

11:05am This page replaced the homepage of the RFMF, Fiji Police, and Fiji Immigration websites this morning. Image: Newswire Fiji
SIX hours after this hacking was reported by Newswire Fiji, Café Pacific checked and found these Fiji websites still "defaced, offline or under repair ..."
By Allison Penjueli of Newswire Fiji

Websites belonging to the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF), Fiji Police Force and the Immigration Department were today “defaced” apparently by a Kurdish hacker known for his anti-ISIS views.

In the attack, MuhmadEmad uploaded a picture of the Kurdish flag along with the words, “KurDish HaCkerS WaS Here” and “HaCKeD by MuhmadEmad, Long Live to peshmarga.” This was a reference to the Kurdish army of Peshmerga, which has been fighting to defend its homeland from the so-called Islamic State force based in Iraq.

Fiji police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said the force was aware of the hack and was working to rectify it.

An RFMF spokesperson was unaware of the incident when contacted, but said he would look into the issue.

Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa also said he was unaware of the hack, but would look into it urgently.

MuhmadEmad has reportedly hacked numerous US and Turkey government websites over the past two years.

Website defacement:
Website defacement is an attack on a website that changes the visual appearance of the site or a webpage. These are typically the work of system crackers, who break into a web server and replace the hosted website with one of their own.
When checking later in the day - more than 6 hours later, Café Pacific  found this for the Fiji military site from a university firewall:

5:06pm: The RFMF website - diverted to a Fiji maintenance URL.

5:07pm: For the www.police/ website on Google search ...
5:06pm: The police website had defaulted to a maintenance URL

5:16pm: Shown on the website.

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