A bomb threat was posted on a hacked website prompted police to conduct a sweep on the Chinese consulate in Ellerslie, Auckland.
“Your website has been hacked by 张卫能 (protect ability) utoyo. I am here to announce that a small pipe bomb inside an Australia Post package has been put into the Chinese consulate in Sydney. A second device has been put into the identical building at Auckland by our friends here,” said the threat on a defaced article on Aucklife.co.nz.
Stuff.nz who first reported on the incident said that the site was a tourism website and that the message was posted shortly after midnight.
The hacker claimed that the bomb had an anti-tampering device and that the alleged bomb was to punish China for the pandemic.
Auckland police immediately conducted a sweep after being notified of the threat at around 8 am local time.
“Police treated the matter seriously. As a precaution, a physical search was conducted at an Ellerslie building by the Police Specialist Search Group. Nothing of significance was located. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the source and validity of the threat” said a police spokeswoman.
Aucklife.co.nz website owner Hayley Newton told stuff.nz in an interview that she was only made aware that her site has been hacked at 11:30 am, almost 6 hours from when it was breached.
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