Imagine our surprise when in early January, we learned that an Internet hacker had completely obliterated our website. The hacker somehow accessed our web files, deleted them (including decades of this newsletter), and replaced the site with a black homepage that featured the logos and language of the notorious hacking group, “Anonymous.”
Fortunately, since our files were backed up by our web host, we restored the website within a few days. While the site was down, we couldn’t post information or events, sell merchandise, accept donations, or use the site as a resource.
Fortunately, since financial transactions on our site are carried out through third-party vendors, no credit card information was compromised. We did have to pay to clean up and check out the site, and to have our staff’s computers checked out for malware and viruses.
We duly reported the hacking incident to the City of Jackson Police Department, which turned the case over to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office’s High-Tech Crimes Unit. We also asked the police to keep a closer eye on our office to protect our staff, the building, and its contents. We’ve tightened up security on the website and hope to avoid future incidents of this type.
Hacking a website is against the law. If you have any leads on who might have carried out this malicious act, please let us or the Jackson police know.