Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) are common hacking mechanisms, now automated, that inject malware into multiple onling computers and then use that malware to swamp websites with false pings. There are ways to deal with them: having minimal ports. using a screening process such as cloudflare or equivalent (I use the clean talk one) and having IT people who are security conscious.
We are experiencing a series of attacks in NZ at the moment.
I am going to have to set up parallel bank accounts as soon as practicable. I’ve just checked: my bank is up this morning. But ANZ is the second biggest banker in NZ. As I said yesterday: Pirate finance. We are strongly encouraged not to use cash, but have enough to get home on you.
Websites for some government agencies and banks went offline for a time in what may be another coordinated cyber attack
MetService was able to direct users to its backup website, which contains key information including weather watches, warnings and rain radar imagery, while it works to get its main website up and running.
ANZ Bank and Kiwibank customers reported being unable to log into their accounts.
On Friday, internet infrastructure provider Vocus was hit with a denial of service (DDoS) attack, which caused outages across the country.One News
There are fears of a widespread Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack after a number of websites went down this morning, including Kiwibank, ANZ, NZ Post and MetService.
The Government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) is now monitoring the situation.
The agency posted: “CERT NZ is aware of a DDoS attack targeting a number of New Zealand organisations. We are monitoring the situation and are working with affected parties where we can.”
Some customers are threatening to leave Kiwibank with its systems going down again preventing people from accessing their bank accounts to make payments and purchases.
It is the second time this week the bank, which is owned by NZ Post, the Superannuation Fund and ACC has had outage problems, raising questions over whether the bank is under a cyber attack.
On Monday the banks told customers it was having “continued intermittent issues” with some services including internet banking, its app, website and phone services.
Customers were also having to wait longer than usual to get through on the bank’s phone lines.
Yesterday the bank said on its social media platforms that its teams had worked to implement a fix overnight and all banking were systems were up and running this morning.
“We’re continuing to monitor our systems and want to thank you for your patience and understanding as our teams worked to urgently resolve the issue. We are aware of the inconvenience this caused for many of our customers and apologise for this.”
But this morning it was back down again.
“We’re aware some of our services including Internet banking, our app and website are currently unavailable and we’re working on this urgently. We’ll keep you updated.”
The outage has prompted further outrage from customers.NewsTalLK ZB
There are contingencies one can do… have alternate websites, or the ability to back up ASAP. Off site, and not in the same place as your web host.
Transphilia is mandatory.
There is a group of feminists called speak up for women who do not want transgender women to be allowed into women’s spaces, particularly if one can merely identify as female but be biologically male. I’m more worried about this the other way round as a female to male transgender can (and there have been cases of this) have an ectopic pregnancy missed, which is generally fatal.
There is a bill going forward allowing self identification. Those who oppose it are being deplatformed. So, good on the ODT for allowing their advertisement to air, but it’s worth noting that the woke demand all applaud their transphilia. We must all speak as one. We must all accept the lies of this day.
The Otago Daily Times newspaper is being criticised for publishing an advertisement by the controversial feminist group Speak Up For Women.
A photo of the advert, published in the newspaper on Tuesday, was posted to Twitter by a Dunedin resident.
The advertisement shows a dictionary definition for the word ‘woman’ as “adult human female”.
“Say ‘no’ to sex self-identification,” the ad says.
Speak Up for Women has been criticised as anti-transgender – something they reject. The group this year has been holding meetings throughout New Zealand to discuss sex self-identification clauses within the Births, Death, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill.
A proposal is due to be before Parliament that would allow people to change the sex, as mentioned on their birth certificate, by statutory declaration.
“The @ODTnews published a quarter-page ad for TERF [trans-exclusionary radical feminist] group Stand Up for Women today,” the Twitter user who shared the ad said. “Absolutely despicable.”
He sent a complaint to the ODT’s owners Allied Press and also shared the company’s response.
“Allied Press does not in any way support the views expressed by Speak Up for Women in an advertisement published in the Otago Daily Times and community,” the response said. “We take a lot of care around the advertisements we publish. We had some concerns with this campaign and referred it to the Advertising Standards Authority for their comments.
“They had already had complaints from a similar billboard campaign in Wellington by the same advertiser. They concluded the billboard was ‘robust advocacy’ and there was no case to answer.
“The same advice was given to us regarding the current campaign. We respect the democratic right of free speech.”
In total, 34 complaints were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about the Speak Up For Women billboard in downtown Wellington that, like the ODT advertisement, said, “Woman – wƱmən – noun – adult human female”.Newshub
Compliance improves if compulsory?
Two things to note here.
- Most Kiwis are not doing what the government wants us to do. There has been a campaign about recording visits for months. It has been ignored.
- The medical students are naive. If one expects that saying that it s mandatory to do an unwanted behaviour will change it you have another thing coming
I would add that this kind of recording and vaccine passports has generated riots in multiple countries.
No one can be forced to scan in, but it is being made increasingly difficult to resist.
The moves follow an audit carried out in July and August.
Final year Otago medical students analysed data from 4200 visits at 64 locations around Dunedin between 18 July and 1 August.
They found people in Dunedin were only scanning in nine percent of the time, and that dropped to two percent for bars and three percent at restaurants.
The audit also noted less than one percent of people entering supermarkets were using paper sign in instead of QR codes.
A similar audit in February found 10 percent were scanning.
The researchers spent 45 minutes at each location during July and August, recording information about rates of scanning, QR code poster displays and how well businesses followed the guidelines for how to display their QR code.
Supermarkets and cafes had the best scanning rates at 10-13 percent.
Otago University’s Centre for International Health Co-director Professor Philip Hill said the audit confirmed the suspicion of significant complacency in New Zealand leading up to the Delta outbreak.
“We need to all make QR scanning part of normal life during the pandemic, no matter what the current case numbers in any part of the country are. Along with making sure we get tested as soon as we get any cold or flu-like symptoms, these will give us a great chance of stamping out future outbreaks without requiring prolonged lockdowns,” Hill said.
Final year medical student Eric Munro, who was involved in the latest audit, said voluntary scanning clearly did not work for New Zealanders.
“How can we genuinely expect the QR code to provide benefit to our Covid-19 contact tracing efforts if less than 10 percent are using it? We can’t.”
He believed mandatory QR code scanning would mirror that of mask-wearing.
“New Zealanders responded well to the making of mask wearing mandatory,” Munro said.
Beforehand, almost no one was wearing a mask on a plane. Since, everyone wears a mask – there has been no significant backlash or difficulty with implementation. There is no reason to believe that the situation would be different for mandatory QR code scanning.”Radio NZ
Why so bad in the South Island? No reported cases for 300 plus days. Still under the same restrictions as the capital, which had cases reported last week. Seeing businesses fold, and young people despair. Noncompliance comes from non belief in the narrative being promoted by the Government.
Not even those who promote the rules are keeping them. Cam Slater published this because he had given it to Pravda One. Who spiked it.
Siouxsie Wiles is on record, as recently as 18 August 2021, saying that people should not be socialising, unlike during the first lockdown, because Delta was airborne and therefore far more dangerous and that it’s no longer something safe to do.
Please don’t go out and chat with a friend while you are out, Wiles said.
“Don’t hang around and have a chat, connect in other ways. We’ve got phones, we’ve got Skype, we’ve got Zoom…we need to physically disconnect for a little while,” she said.
“Stay away from people.“
Except Siouxsie Wiles isn’t following her own advice. On Friday 3 September, while Auckland was still in Level Four lockdown, she was seen “hanging around and having a chat” with a journalist at Judges Bay in Parnell.
Worse still, the video The BFD has obtained clearly shows Siouxsie Wiles sitting in close proximity to the journalist, and neither is wearing a mask. Again this is against her own and the government’s advice and mandates regarding wearing masks during Level Four. Wiles also has been quoted as saying that wearing a mask at Level Two is advisable:
“It depends on where the wind is blowing you could have a gust of wind that if someone infected blows it to you or if you were infected blows it to someone else… For the good of everybody, wearing a mask when you’re out of your home is a good idea.”
If her advice is to wear a mask at Level Two, presumably it would apply doubly at Level Four.
Siouxsie Wiles lives in Freemans Bay, and in order to get to Judges Bay would require a trip in excess of 5km one way and 5km back again. This is in contravention of Level Four regulations that require you to “stay local”.RNZ 7 September 2021
The laws are impossible, so the police are doubling down. This will end badly