MOM finds second duplicate website

MOM finds second duplicate website
Duplicate website tried to look like the real one.

SINGAPORE - First, it was www.momgov.sg. Now, there is www.movgov.sg.

THE Ministry of Manpower (MOM) filed another police report last Saturday after discovering a second duplicate website of its official www.mom.gov.sg site.

Meanwhile, the website of sports retail chain World of Sports was hacked on Sunday by a group calling themselves "Bangladesh Grey Hat Hackers".

A spokesman said the site was restored at around 6.30pm on Sunday, after the hacking was discovered at about 3pm. He added that a police report will be made.

These incidents are the latest in a spate of attacks on Singapore websites since mid-October, when several school websites were defaced and websites belonging to the Istana and the Prime Minister's Office hacked.

In a post on his Facebook page on Sunday, Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said: "Some feel it is a game and cheer on such activities. It is not. It disrupts all... (our) lives and if substantive sites are really compromised, consequences aren't always trivial. Serious hacking that entails stealing of information and disruption of systems is dangerous and something we must defend against."

In its own Facebook post on Sunday, MOM said access to its official website - www.mom.gov.sg - remains unaffected. There have not been any reports of user data being compromised to date.

The first duplicate website - www.momgov.sg - was deleted last Friday but some people may still be able to view it because it would take about 48 hours for servers worldwide to effect the deletion, said the ministry.

The second fake website remained online as of Sunday night.

When contacted, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore said it will continue to strengthen all Government websites. This includes checking and fixing vulnerabilities, and software patching.

ateng@sph.com.sg

Additional reporting by Priscilla Goy


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