Hackers attack German Interior Minister’s website

Graham Cluley

The website of Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Interior minister, was broken into yesterday by hackers opposed to his plans for biometric passports and the authorities being allowed to log all telephone, mobile, email and internet communications.

Anyone visiting the site was faced with the message: “Visit: Vorratsdatenspeicherung” which leads to a protest website.

At the time of writing the minister’s website at www.wolfgang-schaeuble.de is inaccessible, and technicians are said to be feverishly attempting to secure it. Reports suggest that the security breach was possible because of a vulnerability in the Typo3 content management software being used to run the website.

Government offices and politicians in the public eye obviously need to take great care over…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.