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Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation website latest victim of hackers
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 01:54:06 -0500 (CDT)


Abu Dhabi
By Nissar Hoath

Another local website has been hacked by cyber criminals operating
from outside the UAE. This time the target was a government

The latest attack, following the hacking of the Gulf News website by
an Israeli last week, involved the Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation Department
site by a hacker who vandalised its home page with abusive language
and slogans.

The department site which provides flight information was hacked on
Sunday, according to an official of the department's Data Processing
Section who did not want to be named. The website installed on the
department's server was immediately shut down to minimise damage.

"The hackers, believed to be from India, could only damage the front
page of the site, as we acted quickly to shut it down," the official
said. The hackers identified themselves as "Hindustan Hackers".

Asked if the IT section could trace the hackers, he said, "No. We have
not located the hackers. But we are trying to find out from where the
site was hacked. We are not sure whether the site was really hacked
from a computer in India."

This is the fourth time in recent months that the site has been
hacked. "First it was hacked from Israel, then from Kuwait and Russia,
and now, probably, from India," he said. The department is revamping
its entire website to install it on Etisalat's server.

"A whole new set-up with upgraded firewall and more security will be
installed for the public service," he said. "The hackings have been
occurring due partly to a weak firewall. Any animal, a dog or a cat,
can enter your house if the door is weak or there is no door at all,"
he said.

Last week, Gulf News had to shut down its website after it was hacked
by an Israeli hacker. The hackers vandalised the site with the message
"You have been hacked...Long Live Israel...You were owned by
Senodyne". The message was accompanied by an Israeli flag.

Gulf News investigations are focusing on an individual with links to
the Weizmann Institute of Science in Haifa and an interest in the
theory of cryptography, the art of writing or breaking codes. Access
to the web edition has been restored.

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