Singapore Power falls prey to hacker

A Singapore Power Web site, which allows users to view their bills online, was hacked early last Friday.

A Singapore Power Web site, which allows users to view their bills online, was hacked early last Friday.

SINGAPORE--According to Attrition.org, an independent organization that records hacking incidents, can.com.sg was defaced by LaZyBird_z.

Can.com.sg was created by Singapore Power Ltd (SP) to allow residents here to view and pay for their utility bills online, according to a company description. Among other services, Can.com.sg also allows users to hunt for properties on sale, post property advertisements, locate roads or buildings in Singapore and book Town Council facilities.

On Friday, Singapore Power confirmed the incident. "The homepage for can.com.sg was defaced in the early this morning. Upon detecting the hacking, SP E-Services took action to check its servers and network and confirmed that only the main page was affected," said Singapore Power spokesperson Sarah Koh.

"The page was restored within the same morning at 8.15am. Crucial information and applications such as the bill enquiry functions are protected by firewalls and security software and hence were not affected by the hacking," Koh said.

She stressed that users cannot pay their bills online since this facility has yet to be activated.

The site was running on Windows NT and IIS/4.0 Web server.

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