February 27, 2006
Main opposition party Fidesz has suspended the three men believed
responsible for hacking into the election campaign website of the
ruling Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP). The unnamed men were blamed
for using the Fidesz server to hack into the website and download
around 3,000 files, something that Fidesz initially denied before
shifting the blame onto the "overzealous" employees. Police have asked
Fidesz for the three workers' names.
Counter-claims appear effective
Fidesz leader Viktor Orb=E1n has attempted to play down the incident,
despite the fact that police are now investigating, and other party
members have claimed that the MSZP has committed similar crimes in the
past. Daily N=E9pszabads=E1g claimed that Prime Minister Ferenc
Gyurcs=E1ny's campaign schedule has now been thrown into doubt, as have
many of the documents related to his speeches and itinerary. The paper
said that Gyurcs=E1ny would now have to change his route around the
country and change his speeches.
However, it would seem that, despite the MSZP's efforts to draw
attention to what it believes is a serious incident, polls conducted
after the goings-on found that people do not particularly care.
Pollsters found that, despite the vast majority of people saying
information should not be collected by illegal means, only 10%
believed that either party had used underhand methods in the campaign
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