IT experts in Singapore commented a recent schools websites hack as inability to get absolute protection guarantee. Recently Ministry of Education reported in Singapore that 13 schools were defaced on Wednesday between 3.30pm and 5pm.
The data from Singapore Art Museum’s website server, included contact information: e-mail addresses, phone numbers of some 4,000 people.
“The basic rule is that if a piece of information or data is sensitive and confidential and there is no reason for people to access it from the Internet, it should never be placed on the servers that are facing the Internet.” – Dr Ngair Teow Hin, chairman of Security & Governance Chapter, Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation, said.
“It should be kept in an in-house machine and things like that, to reduce the chance of someone accidentally breaking into your system and taking out all the information”, – he added.
Later the data file was uploaded and published on www.mega.co.nz, a file-sharing service launched by indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.
It’s been at issue if the incident was related to recent cyber attacks targeting the websites of local authorities including the Prime Minister’s Office and the Istana, the presidential palace of Singapore that took place earlier this month after hackers’ collective Anonymous attacks on local information infrastructure in early November.