NSW Govt ousts web developer over security breach

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Embarrassing backflip in state parliament.

The NSW Government has terminated its relationship with the developers of the state's transport blueprint website after they admitted a security lapse - rather than hack - was the cause of a document leak.

Transport minister David Campbell sought to make "a brief clarifying statement" to state parliament late yesterday after causing a storm Tuesday with allegations that a major newspaper had hacked into the website, which was under construction.

He read a statement from the developers Bang The Table in which they admitted "areas of the site were temporarily accessible by the use of internal web page addresses."

"This is a matter of significant embarrassment to us," the company said.

"While security was in place on the front page of the site, clearly it was not sufficient to prevent the internal content being accessed."

Campbell told parliament that the Government had "lost confidence" in the company and would terminate its relationship.

"It is now clear that Bang the Table not only did not protect the security of the Government's information, it also provided wrong advice to the Government about its security measures," Campbell said.

"This is completely unacceptable to the Government."

He apologised to parliament and called on Bang The Table to do the same.

Bang The Table still maintained that a hack on the website had been attempted and that the matter was with NSW Police.


NSW Govt ousts web developer over security breach
 
 
 
Top Stories
At the top of her game
A decision to bring digital operations back in-house three years ago has paid big dividends for Tabcorp.
 
Westpac hires SAP man as CTO
Creates four new IT lead positions.
 
Qld Transport to replace core registration system
State's biggest citizen info repository set for overhaul.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  38%
 
Your insurance company
  3%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  8%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  7%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  2%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  21%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  15%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  5%
TOTAL VOTES: 972

Vote