Solid Energy site still offline days after hack attack

A still from the anti-lignite mining video

UPDATE Nov 30: Solid Energy is still struggling to get its website back online following Friday's hackervist attack.

On Friday morning last week, hackers managed to redirect online visitors wanting to visit the official site to an alternate stolen energy website containing anti-lignite and opencast mining photos and videos.

Unable to defeat the redirect, Solid Energy was forced to take its website offline.

Spokeswoman Vicki Blyth initally told NBR that the site would be back up by the end of Friday.

But today, Solid Energy's home page is still displaying an "under maintenance" message.

"We are currently making sure that the website hasn¹t been compromised, and are taking the necessary steps to solve this problem," Ms Blyth told NBR this afternoon.

"An ongoing process is being taken in order to confirm the cause of this hack and to further reinforce the website¹s security."

Meanwhile, the situation appears to be getting worse for Solid Energy.

A Google search for the company's name this afternoon returned the Stolen Energy site (Solid Energy stolenenergy.atspace.com).


Solid Energy calls in police over website attack 

Nov 25: Solid Energy's website was hacked at 1.22am by an anti-mining group, which redirected visitors to a "stolen energy" page that contained photos of open-cast mining, and an anti-lignite mining video.

The malicious redirect remained in place until late this morning when the company took its website offline, spokeswoman Vicki Blyth told NBR.

As of 1pm, the site was still down. Ms Blyth anticipated it would be back online later this afternoon.

The Solid Energy website is purely informational, Ms Blyth said. The online intruders gained no access to customer or company data.

The company has referred the incident to police.

Ms Blyth said nobody had claimed responsibility. She understood a number of media outlets got an anonymous email directing them to The Aoteroa Independent Media Centre website where a one line story had been posted announcing the news.

Solid Energy was "working through a process" to upgrade its website security.


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