Hack attack on Mail & Guardian website

THE Mail & Guardian website at www.mg.co.za has been temporarily shut down after a severe attack by hackers, its editor said.

Because of the scale and severity of the assault we have decided to shut down the site while securing and repairing it,” online editor Chris Roper said in statement.

“This was a painful decision for a news organisation such as ours to take, compromising as it does our ability to keep updated about 750,000 users in South Africa and around the world.

“We cannot, however, risk compromising their security.”

A technical team was working “flat-out” to try to restore the site as soon as possible.

“We’d like to extend sincere apologies to all of our users, and hope that they will understand that we had to prioritise their security over other considerations for a brief period,” said M&G editor-in-chief Nic Dawes. – Sapa

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