Voting in student elections affected by ongoing IP attack

Joe Molander reports on the developing story affecting voting

Joe Molander
4th March 2021
Image: Newcastle Uni Students' Union on Twitter
Voting in Newcastle University Students’ Union (NUSU) elections is being affected by an ongoing attack on the IP address which hosts the website for voting. This has led to the website coming offline twice so far today.

According to a message from the website hosting provider seen by The Courier, the provider responded by blocking traffic to the site. This is “to maintain network activity”.

The site went offline at 11.30am, and came back online at 1.05pm. As such, voting has been extended to 4pm.

The NUSU website had previously been offline today from 7.30am-9.30am. Voting had subsequently been extended from 12pm to 2pm.

The Courier understands that NUSU intends to extend the voting period for any further time lost.

The attack is on the IP address rather than the website itself, meaning other sites are being affected.

The message from the website hosting provider concludes “We will continue to monitor the situation and update you when you can.”

This is a developing story, and more information will be added as it becomes available.

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AUTHOR: Joe Molander
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