Hackers had a field day on Saturday night after they gained illicit access to the T&T Parliament website, temporarily replacing its home page with another page and posting a warning to the administrators. "Greatz to admin your website hacked due to security vulnerabilities, patch your website, keep it updated. Don't worry all your files and your database are still here. This is a warning, what other hackers can do to your website. Keep it in mind...CoD3X."
Corporate communications manager, Jason Elcock, yesterday confirmed the attack and stated that information system technicians and the website's service provider FLOW were currently working to determine how the perpetrator/s hacked the site. He said the site was back up and running around 4.30 pm yesterday.
"What we are aware of is that our home page was replaced with another page and so persons visiting the site would not have been able to see our page. None of the data was affected, but we are doing the necessary security checks to ensure that when we put it back up we won't have a repeat of that problem," he said.
Elcock said he did not believe that the incident was "an inside job" but admitted that it brought to the fore the need for improved Internet security. "I think it's someone externally who did this. It brought to our attention some vulnerabilities within the system. "I wouldn't say it was lax but there are things we need to strengthen. Our website has been here for 13 years and it's the first time this has happened.
"We are were working to determine exactly what happened and how they were able to do what they did." He added: "It is a serious thing. We are going to make sure the necessary protocols are strengthened." When contacted for comment, Suzanne Salandy, corporate communications director, told the T&T Guardian that she was out of the country and was unaware of the situation. And attempts to reach House Speaker Wade Mark, yesterday, proved futile.