Fake Nat sites overshadow PM's new Web home

In the same week as the launch of a new official site for the Prime Minister's office, two bogus - and highly controversial - National Party sites have appeared on the Internet.

In the same week as the launch of a new official site for the Prime Minister's office, two bogus National Party sites have appeared on the Internet.

The sites, at http://www.tory.org.nz and http://www.youngnationals.org.nz contain screeds of text, some of which is likely to be highly offensive to National Party members.

A message on the home page of both sites declares:

"Many thanks to the official National website for supplying much of the material on which this website is based. Obviously this isn't the official National website. If you still want to visit the official National website, feel free to visit national.org.nz after having a good read of this site first."

The national Internet registry Domainz lists both tory.org.nz and youngnationals.org.nz as being registered to a J. Sanders of Lower Hutt. Both were registered in April. An email supposedly from tip@off.com alerted news sources to the sites last night.

The sites may be difficult for the government to remove - they are hosted in the US.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's site, at http://www.primeminister.govt.nz, has been developed by Auckland firm Webdesign. The Active Server-based page is designed to be easily updated - or to accommodate a change of Prime Minister should one take place this year.

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