JM website attacked

Local newspaper suffers 2 cyberattacks

JM, the local newspaper whose website suffered an attackOne of the two leading local newspapers locally has suffered not just one but two cyberattacks in the last few days

JM’s Facebook page announces that “Readers and Subscribers of the electronic edition of JM yesterday were without access to the usual content made available through the domain ‘jm-madeira.pt’. The platform collapsed after 1.4 million simultaneous accesses were recorded in just under 15 minutes.

“At the end of the night, after a long journey to transfer data to a new IP, JM Madeira’s digital platform suffered another cyberattack again with over 1.2 million hits simultaneously, purposely to ‘bring down’ the computer system. (not sure that changing the IP was that much of a job – it should have been quite straightforward?).

“The two incidents are already being investigated by the CNCS-Centro Nacional de Cibersegurança, an entity that acts as operational coordinator and national authority with State entities, national Critical Infrastructure operators, operators of essential services and digital service providers, ensuring that the cyberspace is used as an area of ​​freedom, security and justice, for the protection of sectors of society that materialize national sovereignty and the democratic rule of law.

The newspaper says “There are already several clues that the authorities are investigating, given the characteristics of the two attacks carried out yesterday. The first points to local interference, given that the target is the domain ‘jm-madeira.pt’, among other suspicions that are being investigated. Technological sector experts made a first association with different stakeholders in the PROcience 2020 projects, whose incentive systems reach high values. The topic has been the subject of several recent news in JM.

“Until the authorities arrive at more conclusive data, and while the ACIN technical team, which provides assistance to the JM platforms, tries to restore our newspaper’s information platform, we can only appeal to the understanding of all our Subscribers and Readers. We will do everything we can to return to news normality through the digital platform that complements this print edition and which has been achieving a remarkable performance during the current pandemic.

“There is also the guarantee that JM will not be silenced, no matter how sophisticated the barriers. Until the complete restoration of the ‘jm-madeira.pt’ domain, you can continue to follow our news content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, in addition to the paper edition”.

As a website that has repeatedly suffered cyberattacks over the last eight years, I can only sympathise

Region to begin to open May 4 

Apart from its technical problems, JM reports that commerce on the island could begin to gradually reopen after May 4, but the before then, over the long weekend, movement between municipalities would be restricted.  The jury is still out on the bathing season, which is still being prepared to commence on June 1.

 

3 thoughts on “JM website attacked”

  1. Sounds like they may require a Geek that knows his/her onions to come in and help out 😉

    Maybe someone should introduce JM to someone

    Just saying….

    Regards to all

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