A Turkish hacker this weekend defaced New Zealand Parliament’s official video website, replacing all content with an animated flag and the message “best regards to all world.”
The hacker who goes by the name of Iskorpitx has a long history of compromising a website’s server, then over-writing it with his own messages, sometimes political, but usually just showing off his own talents, National Business Review reports.
The Parliament website is funded by the Clerk of the House of Representatives but designed, developed and maintained by Tandem Studios. An IT expert consulted by National Business Review said it was possible the web-hosting service used by Tandem had an insecure web server setup:
“It seems like A2hosting.com is using a vulnerable version of PHP 5.2.9 on Apache, but it’s not clear if Iskorpitx used that,” the expert said. “My question would be why inthehouse.co.nz is hosted in Ann Arbor, Mich., and not in New Zealand.”