Police website shut amid hacker fears

Police website shut amid hacker fears
Police website shut amid hacker fears 

By Helen McArdle
Herald Scotland
8 Jun 2010

Strathclyde Police was forced to close down its website last night amid 
fears it had come under attack from Chinese hackers.

The site went down soon after 6pm as the force's IT team assessed the 
threat, which was detected after a number of weblinks appeared that 
diverted users to a Chinese site with a history of distributing viruses.

The force said its computer experts were examining an anomaly, but ruled 
out a virus as its cause. It added that anyone who logged into the 
system yesterday would not have put their computer at risk.

Spokesman Robert Shorthouse said: "This matter is currently being 
investigated by our IT engineers. While this is ongoing, we have, as a 
precaution, taken the website offline. No other IT systems have been 

Internet users attempting to access the site encountered a 
black-and-white screen with a message that the website was "down for 


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