Owner says Prop 8 opponents hacked into LDS site
By Carrie A. Moore
Published: November 13, 2008
Owners of a Web site that specializes in advice and information for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say their site was attacked the day following passage of Proposition 8 by people they believe opposed the measure.
Scott Proctor of Meridian magazine said the site was hacked into early Nov. 5, and its home page was replaced with “horrible, explicit lesbians films placed all over the cover.” Engineers took the site down immediately after the break-in was discovered, he said.
The company’s Internet technology director said the electronic breach occurred in “a very elegant way. They had to have someone who really knew what they were doing to accomplish it the way they did it.”
The Web site was down for half a day as engineers worked to remove the pornographic material, he said. Proctor and his wife, Maurine, founded the site several years ago as a forum for information of interest to Latter-day Saints, and Maurine Proctor often writes articles about issues of importance to the LDS Church that are posted there.
“We feel like this was very specific targeting,” by people who oppose the Web site’s conservative content. The church’s support of Prop. 8 has been among a variety of topics chronicled on the site. “We get hate mail all the time over this issue,” Proctor said.
“It’s like they have a little network that they e-mail and ask people to send mail in. Every time we post something (about same-sex marriage) we get a few dozen letters with the same tone, similar wording, and the most horrible language and hatred.”
Proctor said the attack and the e-mails won’t have any impact on the site’s content. “You just have to keep going and present things as you see them,” he said.
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