Women's organisation's site hacked

14:28 Sep 5 2014 New York, NY, USA

The International Women's Media Foundation's site was hacked on September 5. The site was defaced and had almost all its content destroyed.

It is suspected the hack was intended to deliberately prevent IWMF from doing its work for women in the media. According to the statement, “the hacker replaced the IWMF’s extensive website with a single page displaying the message “Hacked – Good Bye Admins” and installed malicious code to block anyone else from logging in.” On the bright side, the hack was discovered and the website was restored to full working condition within 36 hours.

IWMF declared that "With hacking and surveillance technology where it is now, it’s not easy being a journalist, much less a female journalist". A survey done by the IWMF and the International News Safety Institute earlier this year on Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media showed that about 20% of women who were surveyed “had experienced tapping, hacking and/or digital security threats.”
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