Museum website hacked; MOM finds duplicate site

Museum website hacked; MOM finds duplicate site

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) found its website was hacked on Thursday, less than a month after information on 4,000 people on its online mailing list was compromised.

This came on the same day that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) filed a police report after discovering a duplicate of its website, also on Thursday.

A SAM spokesman said it was alerted by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) on Thursday that SAM was among a list of 1,500 "vulnerable websites" that was published on the Internet.

Internal checks uncovered links that had been added to a page on the SAM site directing visitors to another website, but they were dead links.

The museum immediately removed the links and lodged a police report.No data was compromised, said the spokesman.

The SAM website was taken down briefly to retrieve the affected files and eventually restored by 9pm last night.

This latest cyber intrusion comes even as SAM beefs up security of its site, after data including names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers were taken from its online mailing list and illegally published on a New Zealand-based storage website for at least two hours on Nov 5.

"It is an ongoing process. It takes some time," the spokesman said about the security measures.

Meanwhile, the fake MOM site,, was still accessible at press time. It features the same design as the original and the TrustSG trust mark, although not all the links work.

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