Nova Scotia PC caucus website hacked
PC leader jokes ‘I told them to get ready for an election’
March 9, 2016, 2:21 pm ASTLast Updated: March 9, 2016, 6:53 pm
Did you Google the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative caucus on Tuesday?
Someone modified the website’s Google search results so that advertisements for drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction popped up.
Instead of describing the caucus, the summary boasted it had the “best Viagra price” around, recommended products like Cialis and Levitra, and suggested there was an online ordering system.
PC leader Jamie Baillie took to social media to diffuse the embarrassing situation with a bit of humour.
In a tweet, he had some fun with word play.
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The party was quick to get the false advertising taken down, and temporarily put up a generic unresponsive web page.
“The website was hacked,” said party spokesperson Jennifer Edge.
“It was brought to our attention and a temporary site has been put in its place until the issues can be resolved.”
It’s still unclear who’s responsible and how it happened.
“We are taking additional steps to ensure its integrity and protection going forward,” Edge said.
The caucus site contains information about the party’s priorities and policies.
Rest assured, the erectile dysfunction ads are not a bold social experiment by the PCs to canvass support from Nova Scotia’s aging voters.
— Jamie Baillie (@JamieBaillie) March 9, 2016