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Metgasco claims website ‘hacked’

The Community Consultative page on Metgasco's website as it appeared yesterday.

The Community Consultative page on Metgasco’s website as it appeared yesterday.

 

Matthew Cusack

On Thursday (May 22) the ‘Community Consultative’ page on Metgasco’s website did some rounds on social media, primarily because the body of the document was written entirely in Latin.

A company spokesperson website had been hacked, while members of the Lock the Gate Alliance Facebook page who used the  website’s internal search engine to find the page, claimed that the page was indexed in the search results as being uploaded 13 February 2013.

The page was taken offline a few hours later and replaced with a splash page reading, ‘Access denied. You are not authorised to access this page’

Other commenters were convinced that it was what publishers refer to as Lorem Ipsum, place-holding text that is written in Latin and is still used occasionally to demonstrate how a publication will appear once it has been filled with actual information.

Certainly one would assume that had Metgasco been hacked then they would be able to simply and quickly retrieve the original webpage from a backup.

As such, this was taken by some as proof of Metgasco’s lack of genuine and effective community consultation.

Social media pundits who used an online translator to make the text readable in English were greeted with nonsense text often about protein, such as, ‘It’s chocolate, the mass of the football a lot of protein, my dear,’ or ‘Learn some tips for the same protein drink.’

Some commented that this was more effective than the communication at meetings undertaken locally by the company or by government.

As Echonetdaily reported recently, the final attempt to sway public opinion towards a positive view of the gas industry was held as an invitation only event in Lismore and without media invited to be present.

Metgasco recently hit back against the suspension of its licence suggesting that it was ‘unlawful’, believing they had fulfilled their obligations to provide genuine and effective communication with the local community.


8 responses to “Metgasco claims website ‘hacked’”

  1. Neville N says:

    Deo fidelis et mammona

  2. Luke says:

    It was not hacked! The date on the offending page was February 2013 and it was standard designer place-holder text. Here’s a page from December 2012 stating they were planning a “Community Consultative” which would be in line with a demo page showing up in February 2013. More lies from Metgasco! ASX, are you listening?

    Here’s the page:
    http://metgasco.com.au/announcements/quarterly-activities-report-31-dec-2012-0

    You can see the publish date in search results:
    http://metgasco.com.au/search/node/consultative

    Liars!

  3. Lisa says:

    Haec ne questus quidem stulti fasciculum effercio iniuriam, et in circulos suos revertitur. Sed ridiculum!

  4. UnionStreetResident says:

    Popoculous nauta sum!

  5. Carol Gilmore says:

    Metgasco plena lutum

  6. It seems that Metgasco has never published a notice in the local newspaper that invites stakeholder submissions about the drilling project at Rosella E01. This is a necessary condition of the OCSG public comment process.

    See http://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/426582/Public-Comment-Process-Document.pdf.

    Therefore, the facts are that Metgasco did not genuinely consult with concerned stakeholders.

  7. EmmaB says:

    Page written in Latin? It wasn’t hacked – it probably went back to the web site programmer’s default position. Latin is often chosen as the default language.

  8. Anson says:

    Saying their website was hacked could not help
    Public opinion or their share price. It just makes it clear they are vulnerable
    Targets. Seriously, this company are doomed.
    No one wants to touch them and the whoe industry is totally terrified of how instable
    the situation is. The greedy myopic self interested folk that choose to own their shares are losimg all confidence
    Hang on a second. What are these shareholders doing living on the northern rivers?
    They obviously hate nature, hate community, and dont give a stuff about their children
    Move back to Sydney or L. A or somewhere hypocrisy blends in a bit better.

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