Update: Nike Site Hit With Redirect Attack - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Update: Nike Site Hit With Redirect Attack

Nike.com is the latest Internet site to have its site hijacked by "hack-tivists" looking to spread their political message, but the company has been less than helpful in attempting to fix the problem, according to a hosting service in Europe. Nike.com has since been taken offline.

FirstNET Online Management Ltd., owner of Scotland-based hosting service FrugalNames, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is warning viewers of the www.Nike.com site that the site had been compromised. Instead of going to Nike.com, people were going to www.s11.org, a grassroots-activist site located in Australia. The s11 carried a protest against the Asia Pacific World Economic Forum meetings scheduled for September in Melbourne.

In a statement issued early Thursday morning, s11 denied any part in the 19-hour siege on the sporting-goods nike.com Web site. S11.org received over a quarter of a million hits within the first six hours of the attack, the group says.

"The website administrators do not know how this was done, or why," s11.org' statement reads.

"S11.org is a website dedicated to grassroots organization preparing to shut down the World Economic Forum meeting at Melbourne's Crown Casino in September. We suspect Nike may have been targeted for their highly publicized employment practices, which have gained extra attention in Melbourne of late with the recent court case against them," the statement reads.

FirstNET posted a message online saying no one from Nike has returned its calls. The letter states that FirstNET can't stop the illicit rerouting, and offered an apology for any performance problems caused by the strain of the redirection:

The inability of FirstNET to halt the rerouting strikes some security experts as strange; however, as it appears, FirstNET hosts the name server for Nike.com, which converts URL name requests to IP addresses on the Internet.

"The issue here is that Nike has outsourced the security of the name server and they need to ask questions of FirstNET," says Lars Neupart, an exec with New York-based security firm Viglante Inc.

Representatives from Nike and s11 were unavailable for comment. It was unknown at deadline if s11 activists had a hand in the hijacking of www.Nike.com, or when the site will be restored.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Commentary
Study Proposes 5 Primary Traits of Innovation Leaders
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/8/2019
Slideshows
Top-Paying U.S. Cities for Data Scientists and Data Analysts
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/5/2019
Slideshows
10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/1/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll