EMA rejects suggestions resurfaced press release result of a hack

Adella Miesner

The Employers and Manufacturers Association is rejecting suggestions an old press release being recirculated on Friday was the result of a hack by someone with a political agenda. The 2014 press release reappeared on the association’s site with Friday’s date. The release praised Labour’s small business policy. A spokeswoman for […]

The Employers and Manufacturers Association is rejecting suggestions an old press release being recirculated on Friday was the result of a hack by someone with a political agenda.

The 2014 press release reappeared on the association’s site with Friday’s date. The release praised Labour’s small business policy.

A spokeswoman for the EMA said it was not a hack.

She said a couple of members contacted the association about the press release.

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“It’s an old, outdated press release that someone’s screenshot and recirculated for some reason. We don’t know why anyone would’ve done it…We’re not concerned it’s a hack,” she said.

The outdated press release was signed off by former chief executive Kim Campbell who left the company two years ago.

Campbell said he was aware of the press release and believed it was a hack by someone with a political agenda.

“It seems someone’s screenshot a previous press release and just changed the words,” Campbell said.

Campbell said one person had contacted him about it.

“I don’t think it should get any air, to be honest,” Campbell said.

Netsafe said cyber attacks were common.

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Netsafe said cyber attacks were common.

The press release said “for the most part Labour’s small business initiatives are sound and none very expensive”.

The EMA spokeswoman asked members to disregard the press release.

Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said cyber attacks were a common occurrence and something organisations guarded against.

“It is likely there will be an increase in politically motivated activity in the lead-up to the election and referenda. Any organisation subjected to attacks or individuals that become aware of these attacks should report them to New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team at www.cert.govt.nz.”

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