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Free State website not secure - report

Mar 08 2013 15:14

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Cape Town - The Free State government's website, which reportedly cost R40m to build, is not secure, a report says.

According to Gadget, key elements of the website can be exploited and pose many security risks.

On Wednesday it was reported that more money was spent on the planning of the Free State government website than most South African corporates have ever spent on the full development and implementation of their websites.

But little attention has been paid to making sure the government website is secure.

"The balance of the departments are made up of a mix bag of WordPress themes of varying versions – all with exploits & vulnerabilities," Gadget reported.

On the Gambling Authority Board's website, it was reported that nothing was clickable and there was no "website".

There were also a number of error pages, incomplete links and menu items that did not work - key elements that would have been spotted through stringent testing.

There was also little content management evident on the website.

"Anyone can post anything with no moderation at all including swearing, adverts and anything goes. Spammers are having a field day.

"So if you are looking for cheap Nike Shoes, head over to the one of the news items on the site and look at the comment section," Gadget reported.

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