Cyber-attack on council website leads to fresh security concerns

Falmouth Town Council’s website was hacked on Saturday 29th August, leaving site visitors with a message by an Albanian hacker group naming itself NofawkX-Al.

With an increasing number of local councils moving their services online, the incident highlights existing concerns over cyber-security.

During the hijack, the local council’s site showed a black screen displaying the Kosovo Liberation Army logo, as well as a YouTube link to the unofficial Kosovan national anthem.

The Kosovo Liberation Army fought for the separation of Kosovo from Yugoslavia and was separated in 1999.

Following the hack, the following text was left on the website: “We are tired of all of you who call yourself the leaders of the people. We are tired of the dictatorships, media censorship, torture, forced imprisonment, wars and the instabilities. We are tired of being refugees and prisioners [sic] of their corrupt governments.

The peoples are tired of your corrupt practices. Your corruption has reached beyond extensive with your stealing of humanity.

We demand an end to the official corruption. Remember that you can fool some of the people all the time, and all the people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

With councils now on high alert to protect their websites, you can click here for a few tips on how to protect your organisation from cybercrime.

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