Treasury Website Leaks Government Budget Prematurely
The New Zealand Treasury website leaked the government’s annual budget ahead of its scheduled announcement, prompting authorities to investigate claims of a “deliberate and systematic” hacking incident. It was later discovered that the Treasury website was misconfigured when details of the new budget, hosted in a clone instance, were indexed on the live website. The misconfiguration allowed users to obtain small amounts of the budget content by performing multiple specifically-worded searches. The New Zealand Treasury has since rectified the configurations and will be undertaking systems reviews to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
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