Mr. Bean replaces Spanish PM on official EU presidency site

Hackers have briefly hijacked the European Union website replacing the Spanish Prime Minister with that of the comedy character Mr. Bean. Spanish Representatives for Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero confirmed the defacement of but insisted data on the site was never compromised.

The government, which took over the six-month rotating presidency of the EU on January 1, admitted that the site had become saturated as thousands of Internet users sought to confirm press reports of the spoof.

The stunt was achieved using a cross-site scripting attack, or XSS, which injects unauthorized content and code into visitors' browsers that steal authentication credentials or redirect victims to malicious websites.

People who visited the site on Monday directed to a blog that showed the smiling image of Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson, replaced Mr Zapatero, complete with a benign smile and the words "Hi there". In Spain, the similarity between Mr Zapatero and the Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson, is a long-standing joke.

In a recent edition of Spanish leading newspaper El Pais, Zapatero was depicted as Mr. Bean in a cartoon critical of his handling of the economy in Spain, in which unemployment has more than doubled to about 19%.

Via - Xinhuanet



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