Belco had to shut down its website at yesterday after it was attacked by international hackers.

A company spokeswoman said it was feared there was malicious code on the site, although that fear later proved to be groundless.

In a statement after the problem was investigated, she said: “Belco wishes to advise the public that its web site,, is once again online and safe for customers to access. The site was taken off-line earlier today, when Belco’s IT department discovered that the home page had been hacked by a mischief and attention-seeking group known as Turkish Ajan, who are responsible for hacking many major international organisations.

“The intrusion on Belco’s website proved to be harmless, as only the ‘index page’ was affected. The ‘index page’ simply handles the initial loading of the home page. Today’s events had no impact on customer information. Although customers use the website as a door to access account information, Belco’s Customer Information System (CIS) is independent of the website.

“Belco’s website is hosted in the US by one of the world’s leading web-hosting providers. Belco performs regular vulnerability scans on all operational systems, and has highly skilled hacking and security experts regularly checking its IT infrastructure.”

She thanked customers for their patience during the interruption, and said questions about the website may be directed to info

Turkish Ajan have been responsible for cyber attacks on a number of companies internationally.

Last month, the group was reported to have breached the Domino’s Pizza website in India, capturing and publishing around 37,000 customers’ names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and passwords.