A Romanian hacker has gained access to the Royal Navy website in an embarrassing incident for the Ministry of Defence.
The site has been taken down at the moment, with the message that the it is “currently undergoing essential maintenance” displayed to would-be visitors.
The attack comes after the government’s announcement that it will spend some £500 million on cyber-security defences, which are evidently needed.
The hacker in question goes by the name of TinKode, and on his blog he states that he used an SQL injection to gain access to data on the site late last Friday evening.
A Royal Navy spokesperson told the BBC that the site had been compromised, but said: “There has been no malicious damage.”
TinKode has a list of his hacking achievements on his Twitter account, which also include the recent cracking of the sites of the US Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command, and the US Army 470th MI Brigade.