By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday revealed that someone hacked the Ministry of Tourism’s website, which he said created “enormous national security implications” for the country.
Members of the House of Assembly were expected to debate the Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill and the Petroleum Bill to allow for oil exploration and drilling in the country.
However, following communications from government ministers on a range of issues, Mr Christie stood and said Cabinet ministers would retire for the duration of the session to discuss the implications of the hacking.
Subsequently the House of Assembly did not have an afternoon session and was suspended until May 20.
Mr Christie gave no details on the nature of the supposed national security threat, but suggested it had implications for the country’s reputation.
Attempts to get details from government and police officials yesterday on the hack were unsuccessful. When The Tribune visited the Ministry of Tourism’s website it appeared normal.
Mr Christie noted that a similar incident had happened in a Caribbean country, but did not name the nation.
According to international reports, the government website of St Vincent and the Grenadines was hacked earlier this month by a purported “Islamic State”.
According to I-Witness News (IWN), a message was posted on the St Vincent government’s website claiming that an “Islamist rebel group” had hacked the site.
“Visitors to the website were greeted by a message saying ‘Hacked by Moroccanwolf – Islamic State’ and a photo of a man firing a machine gun from the back of a pick up truck,” IWN reported.