Govt websites not hacked, but threats taken seriously

Govt websites not hacked, but threats taken seriously

SINGAPORE - Hacking was not the reason for why some government websites were down on Saturday, but the Government is taking a serious stance on threats made against it by a hacking group.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said the Government takes threats to its information and communication technology infrastructure "very seriously".

Government agencies have also been on heightened vigilance and have enhanced the security of their IT systems, in response to such threats, it added.

While IDA did not reveal information on the measures that were taken, My Paper understands that they include website upgrading and patching.

On Thursday, a person claiming to be part of international hacktivist group Anonymous made a threat to the Government through a YouTube video message.

In it, he said Anonymous would strike at Singapore's infrastructure if the Government did not reconsider the regulations of a licensing framework on news websites.

For the government websites that were down on Saturday, IDA said on Facebook that it was due to a "planned maintenance".

It added later that the maintenance "took longer than expected, due to technical difficulties".

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