MI5 website hack overhyped by Daily Express

Apologies dear Clu-blog readers, as I’ve let you down.

Earlier today I blogged about an “exclusive” report in The Daily Express newspaper claiming that MI5’s website had been compromised by hackers. (You can read that original blog post here).

Lucian Constantin, a news editor with Softpedia, has been in touch to shed some light on the story. It turns out that the Daily Express’s story is both not an exclusive, and also not accurate.

Softpedia, for instance, reported on how hackers had demonstrated a proof-of-concept XSS attack on MI5’s website over a week ago.

What appears to have actually happened then is that a cross-site scripting weakness was found on MI5’s website by Team Elite, who claim they informed the administrators of the website in advance.

So, Lucian suggests (and I agree…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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