November 8, 2010 / 1:13 PM / in 7 years

UK navy's website hacked: Ministry of Defense

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Royal Navy was forced to take down its website after it was disrupted by hackers, the Ministry of Defense said on Monday.

A message on the website reads: “Unfortunately the Royal Navy website is currently undergoing essential maintenance. Please visit again soon.”

It comes just weeks after the government announced a 650 million pound ($1.05 billion) national cyber security programme.

“We can confirm that there was a compromise of the RN web over the weekend,” a Royal Navy spokesman said in a statement.

“There has been no malicious damage; but as a precaution, the RN website has been temporarily suspended. Security teams are investigating.”

It was not clear when the site would be back up and running.

Writing by Avril Ormsby; Editing by Susan Fenton

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