Rudy Giuliani's security company website suffers outage

Giuliani Security goes down shortly after former NYC mayor's advisory role announced

The website of Rudy Giuliani's security company is currently offline, less than 12 hours after it was announced he would be leading a private sector group to advise the Trump administration on cybersecurity.

According to noted hacker The Jester, the site went down at about 5.00 am UK time and at the time of writing (10.20am) remains offline.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Shortly after Giuliani's role as a cybersecurity advisor was announced on US television network Fox News, the security community began examining how robust his company's own site was - and found it sorely lacking.

The site allegedly used a long-outdated version of Joomla! ridden with vulnerabilities, including SQL injection, remote authentication and bypass and numerous cross-site scripting (XSS) holes. A full list can be found here.

Others in the cybersecurity community noted the site's using an expired SSL certificate and was also found to have an exposed CMS admin login.

IT Pro was unable to determine at the time of writing whether Giuliani Security was unavailable as it had been taken offline deliberately, or whether it was being subject to a cyber attack of some kind.

US President-elect, Donald Trump, has named cybersecurity as one of the most important issues for his administration.

Advertisement - Article continues below

In a statement announcing Giuliani's role as an advisor to the incoming president, Trump's transition team said: "As the use of modern communications and technology has moved forward at unparalleled speed the necessary defenses have lagged behind. The President-elect recognizes that this needs immediate attention and input from private sector leaders to help the government plan to make us more secure."

Advertisement - Article continues below

Trump also used his Twitter account on Friday to announce his team "will have a full report on hacking within 90 days". In a press conference this week, Trump said he believed it was likely that Russia was behind the leaking of 19,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee during the run-up to the US election. Trump and President Barack Obama had been briefed on the claims, contained in a 35-page unverified report, allegedly authored by a former British spy.

Trump is set to take office on 20 January.

Main image credit: Bigstock

Featured Resources

Preparing for long-term remote working after COVID-19

Learn how to safely and securely enable your remote workforce

Download now

Cloud vs on-premise storage: What’s right for you?

Key considerations driving document storage decisions for businesses

Download now

Staying ahead of the game in the world of data

Create successful marketing campaigns by understanding your customers better

Download now

Transforming productivity

Solutions that facilitate work at full speed

Download now



University of California gets fleeced by hackers for $1.14 million

30 Jun 2020
social media

Twitch suspends President Trump’s account for “hateful conduct”

30 Jun 2020
cyber security

Australia announces $1.35 billion investment in cyber security

30 Jun 2020
cloud security

CSA and ISSA form cyber security partnership

30 Jun 2020

Most Popular

Careers & training

IBM job ad calls for 12-years of experience with six-year-old Kubernetes

13 Jul 2020
Business operations

Nvidia overtakes Intel as most valuable US chipmaker

9 Jul 2020
cyber attacks

Trump confirms US cyber attack on Russia election trolls

13 Jul 2020