Hackers shut down Ancestry.com genealogy site

Jun 18, 2014

Ancestry.com says the popular genealogy site was offline much of Tuesday after being hacked.

Officials at the Provo, Utah-based company say on Monday afternoon fooled the site into thinking there was an inordinate amount of traffic flooding it, which crashed its server.

Company chief technology officer Scott Sorensen apologized in a statement to family history researchers for the inconvenience and said the situation was just as frustrating to the company.

KSL reports Sorensen stressed no data was compromised or mined by hackers, and the company is working to prevent similar attacks in the future.

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field_gareth
not rated yet Jun 19, 2014
What an odd target! I would almost feel sorry for the wasted talent ... as I effing tracked them down and murdered them, if it were my site.
Legacy Tree
not rated yet Jun 25, 2014
As far as wait time for being back up and running, this was better than a World War II genealogy delay. :)

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