As a result of the Cyber attack, the MetService company website Continues to experience some issues and all web traffic being redirected to the backup site.
On 1st September, Metservice said that its security service provider experienced a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and it was dealt with in a timely manner.
After denial of service attacks took its website offline, the stock exchange suffered trading halts last week and disruption on Monday for a fifth day. With the help from the Government Communications Security Bureau and global IT company Akamai, the company beefed up its defence.
The minister overseeing the GCSB, Andrew Little, said the NZX and other institutions received messages foreshadowing the attacks. He also said the earliest warnings came through before attacks on the NZX last week.
The Chief Security Officer of Boston-based cybersecurity technology company Cybereason, Sam Curry said the longer an attack goes on the easier it is to work out where it is coming from and neutralise it.
DDoS attacks are used to overwhelm websites to slow them down. They have been used against governments and internet service providers elsewhere.
Sam Curry said, “it’s a tool of choice out there. You can think of it as flooding people with garbage to mess things up and slow things down.”
He further said there are simple tools and techniques to “shunt aside” the stream of traffic and government agencies and internet service providers have the ability to analyze where it is coming from.