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Brazilian President's Party Website Disrupted

The official website of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva Workers party recently became a victim of the new techno-savvy onslaught, by unknown hackers. The prudence of the hackers can be gauzed by their three times entry to the web site in a span of ten days.

The afflicted site www.pt.org, temporarily suspended by hackers, stated 'Work in process.' The party office confirmed the hackers' presence in the afternoon and therefore took it down, as precaution.

The hackers called themselves BIOS, Team. They took upon themselves to redefine the party's symbol "red star" by first converting it to flames, and then reviling it with a slogan 'No more of this shit'.

The type of offence on P.T. website has a technical name 'Defacement', which is an intentional rancorous hacking, to vandalize the site. The virulent hacker targets the content of the specific web site with the intention of altering its message. It can be achieved by motivated wiping out, altering or adding on to the existing political or social message(s). Hackers gain entry to the web site modification modules via known security loopholes. In this case the sensitivities of Lule's party was eroded.

Both National flag And Football Team of Brazil were the chosen backdrops for writing text on by the hackers. Another thing noticeable were several grammatical errors in the short text of just nine lines. The text read -- 'some countries suffer terrorists attacks, wars or terrible earthquakes, while others encounter tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes. But we, from Brazil, have Lula's, labeling Lula an embarrassment and a dishonor to the nation.

The date for general elections in Brazil, as on now falls on October 1. Lula, as predicted on the basis of opinion poll, has emerged as a strong contender in the first round of voting.

The tampered official website along with other modifications actually reflected a cunning propaganda for former President Fernando Henrique Cardose owned opposition party of Brazil -- the Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB). The party advised 'Don't vote for corrupt candidates, vote 45.'This message meant the number allotted to PSDB presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin.

The victimized P.T. has now turned to Internet Provider for apprehending the culprits. A lawsuit will follow. Brazilian Govt. is also framing rules against hacking and other types of unauthorized access on Internet. Its intention is to pronounce it as a criminal offence in legal terms.

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