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.

Explore further: Regulator: Investigation into Sands hack ongoing (Update)

4.5 /5 (4 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Permira buys Ancestry.com for $1.6 bn

Oct 22, 2012

European private equity group Permira will take over the popular Nasdaq-listed genealogy website Ancestry.com for $1.6 billion in cash, Permira announced on Monday.

Apple software developers site hacked

Jul 22, 2013

Computer and software giant Apple said it took its software developers website offline after it was hacked, warning that personal information about its users may have been stolen.

Regulator: Investigation into Sands hack ongoing (Update)

Feb 13, 2014

A Nevada gambling regulator said Thursday afternoon that it's unclear whether the hackers who knocked down all of Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s websites for three days and counting had stolen patron data, including credit card ...

Hackers attack large Brazilian bank

Jan 31, 2012

(AP) -- A group of Internet hackers said Tuesday it took down the website of Brazil's second largest private sector bank, one day after it did the same with the country's largest private bank.

Recommended for you

Humans are largely the problem in cyber security failures

1 hour ago

When people think about cyber and information security they often think about anti-virus software and firewalls; however, according to an information security expert from the University of Adelaide, organisations would become ...

Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

2 hours ago

A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.

What's causing the recent string of data breaches?

Oct 30, 2014

It's Cyber Security Awareness month, which has me wondering: are we doing all we can to protect our data? To help answer this question, I sat down with Girish Bhat of Wave Systems—an important collaborator of Micron's—to ...

Court: UK spies get bulk access to NSA data

Oct 29, 2014

The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

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. :)

http://genealogis...-at.html

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.