In addition to redirecting visitors to the S-11 website, the attackers posted the message "global justice is coming prepare for it now" on Nike's site. The page, now archived at, is a computer security website.

Industry sources suggest that the method used to circumvent the website's security was most likely to be a Domain Names Server (DNS) hi-jacking, similar to attacks that have occurred recently. Sources speculate that it is difficult to determine whether the hijacking took place at a DNS level or via Network Solutions.

Nike and Network Solutions have not released details of the intervention, but Nike's director of global issues management, Vada Manager, has suggested it occurred through Network Solutions. "I think it was hijacked through Network Solutions," Manager said, adding that the "web-jackers... were obviously pretty creative at falsifying an authorisation with NSI".

In recent weeks, a spate of "web-jackings", as they are called, has embarrassed Network Solutions, with the company becoming the subject of growing criticism over its poor security measures.

S-11, which is a non-hierarchical collective of protest groups and individuals, is preparing to protest the coming World Economic Forum, to be held in Melbourne on September 11th, 2000.

The group could not be contacted for comment, and there is no evidence at this stage to suggest S-11 are at all linked with the attack.

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