The website of the American Academy of Diplomacy (www.academyofdiplomacy.org ) was hacked into yesterday (Sunday) while US, UK and Spanish leaders met at the Azores summit to discuss the crisis over Iraq.
A message of "No War" was plastered over the over the site by hacking group "Rooting Sabotage Forced".
The site was hacked yesterday at 18.15 GMT, according to digital risk specialist mi2G, and remained vandalised this morning. Other messages on the site included protests over the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
With a war on Iraq thought to be as little as days away digital attacks on American and British business and government targets remain at an all-time high, according to mi2G.
For 12 months, the number of independently verifiable digital attacks on the US stand at 48,155 and for the UK they stand at 7,607 according to the mi2g SIPS database. In comparison, the number of attacks recorded over the same period for France was 3,082.
"On the eve of an imminent war with Iraq led by the US and UK, we are advising all American and British businesses to be extra vigilant in terms of blended asymmetric attacks on their offices or outlets anywhere in the world. Such blended attacks could include synchronised physical and/or digital attacks," said DK Matai, chairman of mi2G.