MormonBoyz.com owner Paul Jackson e-mails that the controversial porn site was taken down last week by a hacker attack that originated out of Salt Lake City. The site is back up and running now and Jackson is looking at the bright side of the ugly religious attack. In an e-mailed statement to Bilerico Project, Jackson describes what happened:
I had a pretty crazy week last week. MormonBoyz was first hacked Monday evening a week ago (the 19th). I've been talking with my programmer and it appears that there were many attempts. All of the hacks, including those that were successful, originated out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm told the attacks were quite sophisticated.
I guess I'm not terribly surprised, considering the threats and outrage I heard two and three weeks ago.
In order, here's what went down:
Jackson's e-mail continues after the jump.
- After working great for three weeks, the site downloads stopped working
- On Tuesday the ability to give a cash hi-five to MBz (donate) was eliminated
- By Tuesday night the MBz internal mail server was knocked out. That meant that the "contact me" form was broken entirely
- When we looked into it, turns out the back-end code for the MBz "Want to Model?" page was altered
- On the 27th, the entire MBz database was deleted temporarily shutting down the site.
It's important to note that no member data was compromised. I store zero member data on my server. All membership information and payment details are managed by my reliable 3rd party payment processor.
I was annoyed last week, and then shaken up a bit today. Now that I've restored the site and implemented new backup and security measures, in retrospect I have a sense of humor about the situation.
Like I said, there's a bright side: I've been able to identify and patch several possible security issues. I now have several redundant backups in place. I almost feel like saying thank you to the religiously indignant perpetrators. Although they won't bring an end to hot Mormon missionary action (or even the upcoming man-on-missionary action), they have been an excellent security-vulnerabilities QA team.
While there was some outrage that I'd posted some saucy pictures from the website when it launched, thankfully no one has tried to hack us over it. Since Ephesians 6 tells us that the "Armor of God" includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the boots of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, maybe the Book of Mormon includes the black hat of religious hysteria?