Friday, October 22, 2010

FreedomWorks - #2308 - Tea Party Ally FreedomWorks Targeted in Cyber Attack - The Blaze

According to the Wall Street Journal, a “mysterious” cyber attack reportedly struck the computer servers of FreedomWorks, a conservative grassroots organization frequently in the news for its outspoken support for the tea party movement. As the organization launched a major new fundraising initiative Thursday, FreedomWorks officials suspect their computer systems were attacked deliberately: The attack crippled the site at about 9:45 a.m. just when the fund-raising drive was publicized on the radio by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. The group estimates it lost about $80,000 in potential donations as it struggled to bring its site back online.  An “autopsy” showed a highly sophisticated hacker struck at 6:55 a.m., the group said, setting the stage for the eventual meltdown. The server was wiped out, though group officials said no data was lost or stolen. “We think the idea was to take our site down until after the election,” said Kara Pally, web developer for FreedomWorks. “This was politically motivated.”  Read more......

NY Times: Soros Donates $1 Million to Media Matters for Fight Against Fox and Glenn Beck - The Blaze - George Soros has long claimed not to be a funder of the liberal media group Media Matters for America (MMFA). That will all change today when the billionaire philanthropist donates a reported $1 million to the organization, which will use the money to hold “Fox host Glenn Beck and others on the cable news channel accountable for their reporting,” the New York Times reports. According to a statement obtained by the Times “The Caucus” blog, MMFA is set to announce the donation later today. That statement reads in part: Fox has transformed itself into a 24-7 G.O.P. attack machine, dividing Americans through fear-mongering and falsehoods and undermining the legitimacy of our government for partisan political ends.  Read more.......  I am sure these two stories have nothing to do with each other.

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