Islander website back online after cyber attack



BAR HARBOR — The websites of the Mount Desert Islander and its sister paper, The Ellsworth American, were offline overnight Thursday, Oct. 15, due to a cyber attack.

The sites were affected by a brute force attack. A brute force attack is a trial-and-error hacking technique that uses automated software to generate numerous username and password combinations. The goal is to guess correct user login information and thus gain access to a site.

The attack, which originated in Ukraine, began at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on downeastmaine.com, Ellsworth American Inc.’s business directory website. Service to the company’s news websites was also affected.

The websites were taken offline while the company’s technical team responded to the attack. Website visitors were offered free access to the digital editions of the Islander and The Ellsworth American while other online content was unavailable.

The websites were restored Friday morning.

No data was lost or compromised in the attack. No credit card information is stored on the associated websites, minimizing the overall risk of the attack.

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