Hackers switch Spanish PM for Mr Bean

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Hackers switch Spanish PM for Mr Bean

Warwick Ashford

Hackers have used a common website security weakness to deface a website set up to mark Spain's six-month presidency of the EU.

An unidentified hacker succeeded in briefly replacing an image of Spain's leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero with one of fictional comic character Mr Bean.

In Spain, the similarity between Zapatero and the Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson is a long-standing joke, according to the BBC.

The Spanish Government confirmed the site had been breached using cross-site scripting (XSS), but said no information contained on the site had been affected.

XSS is a security vulnerability typically found in web applications that enables attackers to inject client-side script into web pages viewed by others.

XSS is one of the three most common web vulnerabilities according to NTA Monitor's 2009 Annual Web Application Security Report.


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