Save Jersey hack attacked over Menendez post?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

So you may’ve noticed that Save Jersey was hacked early Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans; I woke up to find this shabby frontpage-style site where should’ve been:

hack attack

Who done it? I don’t know for sure yet, but after talking to my new cyber security guys, our hosting manager, and some savvy regular readers, here’s a working theory: Turkish hackers. Of some sort.

Background: on April 25th, I posted about Bob Menendez criticizing Barack Obama for clamming up over the Armenian genocide perpetrated in present-day Turkey. Now I suspect someone found it and wasn’t pleased. The “1923 Turk Group” claiming responsibility (see above – it’s a date referencing the founding of the Turkish republic) is apparently notorious in the online cyber crime community for attacking western targets for political reasons.

The Vatican’s website, for instance, was allegedly hacked (or targeted – it’s disputed) after Pope Francis invoked the Armenian genocide.

So maybe we’re in good company, eh? 

Just a theory but, again, based on the sophistication of the “defacement” attack as it has been explained to me, it’s apparently a pretty likely answer. I’ll let you know if I find out more. Often times, in these cases, you never do. Remember the ISIS supporter group that hacked the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in April?

What we do know (or at least need to remember): we’re living in a brave new world, my friends… and as recent events in Texas demonstrate much more vividly than this experience, the exercise of free speech isn’t without its risks in a world where not everyone values freedom, truth, and justice like you and I.


5 thoughts on “Save Jersey hack attacked over Menendez post?

  1. What you do have are a very particular set of skills, skills you have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make you a nightmare for people like the hackers. If the hackers let your blog go now, that’ll be the end of it. You will not look for the hackers, you will not pursue them. But if they don’t, you will look for them, you will find them, and you will kill them.

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