[ISN] Hackers Infiltrate RBZ Website

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Date: Wed Aug 21 2002 - 23:24:06 PDT

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    Financial Gazette (Harare)
    August 22, 2002 
    Staff Reporter
    THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) website has been infiltrated at 
    least twice in the past two weeks, raising fears about the security of 
    the country's financial system.
    The RBZ site, which has been targeted by hackers in the past year, was 
    last week tampered with by someone who posted obscenities and called 
    for the liberation of Palestine.
    A similar message was posted on the same website a fortnight ago and 
    officials at the central bank were this week frantically trying to 
    improve security on their site.
    "We are working on the problem to ensure it does not occur again," an 
    RBZ official told the Financial Gazette.
    The RBZ website was first tampered with in September last year when 
    hackers diverted some of the links to the site to pornographic 
    Visitors to the central bank site are able to link directly to the 
    websites of all the country's financial institutions.
    Information technology experts this week warned that the ease with 
    which hackers have been able to penetrate the RBZ compromised the 
    security of Zimbabwe's financial system.
    "I can't imagine that the security on that website is good and that 
    raises fears about the stability of the entire financial system," a 
    computer security expert said.
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