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Email hacked of staffer in president’s office

Sunday, August 24 2014

The Office of the President of Trinidad and Tobago is investigating an incident in which the e- mail account of a senior staff member was recently hacked, resulting in emails being sent to a number of persons, including State officials, on the employee’s contact list.

“The Office of the President views the matter with great concern and considers it to be an insidious attempt to compromise the integrity and confidentiality of communications both within and outside of the Office of The President,” Theron Boodan, Information officer to the President said yesterday in a statement.

“The matter is being pursued assiduously with the assistance of the relevant specialist agencies and authorities to establish the source of the email and to determine if there was any breach of the laws of Trinidad and Tobago and, if such a breach did occur, whether or not those responsible fall within the prosecutorial remit of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

According to Boodan, the staff member’s email bore the message: “I sent you an email earlier, but I notice the failure delivery, so I sent it using a secured line, view here to read the message.”

Boodan said persons who may have received this message are strongly advised not to access the hyperlink to avoid the possible spread of the email and subsequent compromising of their own email accounts.

He said that anyone who may have inadvertently accessed the hyperlink should immediately change the passwords for their email accounts, preferably on a computer system in which the suspect email was not accessed.

Boodan said they should also have their respective Information Technology Personnel advise on whether any further action may be warranted.

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