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The Telegraph, one of the biggest newspapers in the UK, hasn’t had a good time of it lately where their website is concerned. Vulnerabilities were found back in March 09 involving database access, and it seems a hacking group has gone in and defaced two subdomains.

These are the two subdomains in question:


They appear to have been compromised by “R.N.S. – Romanian National Security”. Here’s a screenshot, both defacements are identical:

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Both pages play some music – “The Lonely Shepard”, from a .ru domain (you’ll also notice a link to a Top Gear clip hosted on Youtube – it seems this is in relation to comments made in an episode of Top Gear about Romania). Running it through Google Translate gives us this, which is somewhat garbled – we’ve had an update in the translation thanks to a post in the comments which makes sense of the Google Translate results:

We are sick and tired of seeing how some “garbage” like you try to mock our country. [And try] to create [for us] a completely different picture compared to the real one, and calling us “romanian gypsies” [,] broadcast s****y tv programs like TopGear.”

If you had the nerve to angry an entire country, know that we will not stop here! Romania

Guess What, Gypsies aren’t Romanians, morons.”

We’ve notified The Telegraph, and hopefully the pages will be back to normal soon.

Christopher Boyd