The European Commission was left even more red faced after its Safer Internet Exchange suffered its second embarrassment in one week.
Last Friday, anonymous hackers pointed out two IIS 4 security holes present in the saferinternet.org server which the European Commission claimed to have patched immediately.
But then on Tuesday night, the site was defaced by unidentified attackers who left a database containing members' email addresses exposed.
Following the attack, a security expert labelled the "internet security specialist's" defences as "laughable".
The hackers left the following message: "This is our world! We are god and we make the rulezzzzz. Happy finding us! The Netherlands is tha place!"
But most worrying was that hackers posted a link to a database containing 475 email addresses of members of the Safer Internet.
Paul Rogers, network security analyst at MIS, said either the hackers gained enough control to move the database to a web visible area, or it was there in the first place. Should the latter be true, he labelled the administrator as "incompetent".
"In any case, it is clear a firm security policy was not followed," he said. "It's laughable that this organisation claims to be a specialist in security - the server wasn't properly hardened at all."
Rogers said that a number of necessary patches had not been installed, and he confirmed that as of yesterday morning a number of ports that should not be publicly accessible were still open.
"How can these people claim to promote a safer internet when they can't keep their own site secure?" he asked.
The site was launched only last month by the European Commission as part of a campaign to make the internet safer.
Ironically, the Commission has also just announced an anti-hacking law to increase the levels of security on European sites.
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