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BBC Wales's Gareth Knowles
"The council refused to comment on any link with members' pay rises."
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Tuesday, 4 January, 2000, 10:38 GMT
Hackers disrupt council website

Cardiff County Council Cardiff County Council blames hackers for the website problem


An investigation is under way after hackers broke into a council website in Wales disabling it.

The official Cardiff County Council website was tampered with by unknown hackers, who left a message behind but no clue to their motives.



It is nothing to do with the Millennium Bug, it is just hacking into the system.
Cardiff council spokesman


Browsers logging into www.cardiff.gov.uk were greeted by a message reading: "YOU ARE ALL SHEEP - SHEEP I TELL YOU".

Cardiff council IT staff restored the website to normal on Monday afternoon.

The council refused to comment on whether the incident was linked to the large pay rises for members, which attracted criticism from some quarters.

The incident is the latest reported since 1 January, following hacking of Railtrack's passenger information website.

A spokesman for Cardiff County Council told News Online Wales that the incident was being looked into.

"The council is aware there has been interference," he said.

'Hacking the system'

"It is nothing to do with the Millennium Bug, it is just hacking into the system.

"The IT department is aware of it and it is being looked into to see how and why it was done."

Passengers seeking the latest Railtrack train information last Friday were greeted with a bogus message reading: "Sorry, but due to the Y2K compatibility problems there will be no trains operating between 31-12-99 and 02-01-00."

A second message from the hackers sent greetings to "all the Railtrack directors, all the sheep in Wales" and acquaintances with names like HackUK, Rootworm and Slacker.

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Hackers target UK rail information
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