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Romanian Hacker Attacks UK Navy Website

The British Royal Navy was forced to take down its website after it was compromised by hackers, the Ministry of Defence announced earlier this week, Reuters reports.

Visitors to www.royalnavy.mod.uk were greeted with a message that said, “Unfortunately the Royal Navy website is currently undergoing essential maintenance. Please visit again soon.”

The breach came only weeks after the government announced a $1.35 billion national cybersecurity program.

“We can confirm that there was a compromise of the RN web over the weekend,” a Royal Navy spokesman said, according to Reuters. “There has been no malicious damage; but as a precaution, the RN website has been temporarily suspended. Security teams are investigating.’

A Romanian hacker known as TinKode first mentioned the attack on his Twitter stream and added a link to a page that contained more details about what he had found, including the names of the site’s administrators and many regular users, BBC News reported.

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