New Zealand Anti-Same Sex Marriage Site Pulled Off Line After Repeated Hacking Attempts
CHRISTCHURCH, NZ -- The Protect Marriage website which was scheduled to be launched Tuesday by the anti-same sex marriage organisation Family First, crashed in a matter of hours as a result of a "large-scale denial of service attack" according to 24/7 Hosting, the Christchurch, NZ based host provider.
In a statement released Monday, 24/7 Hosting said that "Due to large scale Denial of Service attacks against this domain it has been decided to ensure the stability and security of our servers and network, this account has been removed."
An earlier attempt to bring the site back up Tuesday afternoon after the initial attacks succeeded until the hackers launched another series of DOS attacks forcing the firm to completely remove the site to protect its own servers.
Launched to oppose MP Louisa Wall's same-sex marriage bill recently submitted, Family First director Bob McCroskrie said the site was apparently the target of "the largest unprecedented attack on a website in New Zealand history."
McCroskrie said he had expected "a good amount of debate" on the issue, but the attack was "obviously a desperate attempt" at shutting down one side of the argument.
He said Family First were now working with an international webhosting company with advanced security and the website would be live again by tomorrow.
In another setback for the Family First campaign, US band Train has also reportedly requested the website cease using their song "Marry Me".
Train caught wind their song was being used by Family First after a Twitter user alerted the band their song was being used on an "anti gay marriage website".
A user named @Mikey_J_S6 tweeted the band last night saying: "Why does your music video appear on a homophobic lobby group's website?". Train responded saying "Didn't know. Getting it off asap. Tnx 4 tip".
McCroskrie said they had not yet heard from Train, but if they were asked to take the song down they would.
"We're not going to go by some post on Twitter, but if the band contact us then we will certainly take it down."