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Most Greek Politicians Websites Hacker-Friendly, Not Secure

March 7, 2019

ATHENS – Despite constant reports that even the sites of major corporations and governments have been by hackers, the websites of most Greek politicians are not secure, according to a survey conducted by UK company Comparitech.

The technology-research company surveyed 7,500 personal websites of politicians in 37 countries and found 71 percent of those in Greece lacked basic HTTPS encryption – used for secure communication over the Internet, with no indication whether they even use a VPN or encrypted sites such as Proton from Switzerland or private browsers such as ixquick.com from The Netherlands which offer some protection.

The company said that almost half of politicians in Greece have their own websites and that 70.89 percent –112 out of 158 – of these are not secure and open to hacking with intruders becoming so sophisticated they can breach firewalls and steal passwords and other sensitive information.

Websites of New Democracy politicians were the worst in terms of security, with 85.19 percent of them deemed insecure compared to 61.76 percent of websites belonging to politicians from the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA.

All the websites of politicians belonging to the ultra extreme-right Golden Dawn party, all of whose 15 lawmakers and dozens of members are in the fourth year of running a criminal gang, as well as the Independent Greeks (ANEL) and the Democratic Left were deemed insecure and ripe for the picking by hackers.

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