Hackers Hit Lib Dem Site In Tuition Fee Backlash

A Liberal Democrat web site has been hacked by protestors and defaced with messages warning leader Nick Clegg not to break his pre-election promise on tuition fees.

Earlier this week the Browne review called for the current cap on tuition fees to be removed, potentially paving the way for universities to charge what they like.

The hacker reportedly defaced the Lib Dem owned site www.liberaldemocrats.co.uk, posting messages in bold text such as "Keep your promises Nick" and "We haven't forgotten."

At the time of writing the site was down, but according to reports it was flooded with comments of support.

The National Union of Students had released a video highlighting its anger at the Lib Dems apparent about face, although it told Sky News that it has nothing to do with the hack.

The Liberal Democrat's official website is unaffected, but the party is reportedly investigating how the other site, which it also owns had been altered.

Paul Vlissidis, technical director at NGS Secure, part of software assurance firm NCC Group, argued that the hack reinforces the "questionable track record political parties have when it comes to IT security".

"While this is obviously a prank intended to embarrass rather than be malicious, the ease at which political websites can seemingly be hacked does beg the question: 'what information is kept on political websites?'," he added.

"Once a server is compromised, all the information on it is at risk of exposure to hackers and if party member information sits on the server, it may necessitate a report to the ICO."

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