[funsec] UK: Internet Pranksters Leave Government Red-Faced
fergdawg at netzero.net
Fri Sep 1 16:32:48 CDT 2006
Via Yahoo! News (AFP).
A British government minister may have thought he was keeping up with
modern trends when he put a draft policy on the Internet, but was soon
left red-faced when hundreds of pranksters defaced it.
Weblogging, techno-savvy Environment Secretary David Miliband, tipped
as a bright young spark in Prime Minister Tony Blair's administration,
had put a draft "environment contract" on his department's website,
setting out social responsibilities for people, government and businesses.
But embarrassed administrators were forced to haul it down after more
than 170 cyber-jokers trashed the document by adding in bizarre
paragraphs for fun.
The page used "Wiki" editing techniques, which allow readers to alter
A heading of "Who are the parties to the environmental contract?"
became, "Where is the party for the environmental contract? Can I come?
Will there be cake? Hooray!"
"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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