Hackers torpedo Royal Navy website

8 Nov 2010

Hackers have navigated their way past Royal Navy online security measures in an attack that has forced the site offline.

Britain’s Royal Navy has temporarily shut down its website due to “a compromise of the RN web over the weekend”, a spokesperson said in a statement.

A message reading, “Unfortunately the Royal Navy website is currently undergoing essential maintenance. Please visit again soon” has been over the content which is currently inaccessible.

That sinking feeling

The Royal Navy insists there has been no malicious damage and that the website was only taken down as a precaution.

The attack comes only weeks after the British government announced a national cyber security programme – A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty – worth more than £500m that was launched to “be able to act quickly and effectively to address new and evolving threats to security”.