Independence Hall Tea Party PAC Gets Its Website Really, Really Hacked (UPDATED)

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One of many screenshots. One of the less offensive iterations.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Got in touch with the president of the PAC. He said he was upset. Added comment to the end of the story.

A small New Jersey-based political action committee had its website torn to little, vulgar shreds last night by lunatics who appear to have come from the popular internet messageboard site 4chan. They reportedly got in by guessing the password, which was, uh, "p9ssw0rd."

PAC President Don Adams said Friday afternoon that the group was pursuing legal action.
(To be safe, assume none of the following links are safe for work.)

It looks like the craziness started sometime slightly before 10 p.m., at which time the entire site was blasted to smithereens, then documented by Reddit users. Any content that may have been on there was quickly replaced by racial slurs, the word dick over and over, and, occasionally, statements about the group's "blatant idiocy" and "inability to accept an opinion that differs even slightly from your own." There are reports that child pornography was posted briefly on the site. The Holocaust was also featured for a time.

The PAC raised about $27,000 in 2010 (this link is safe for work) and donated to politicians in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It has raised almost nothing this election cycle, but presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the group last month. Its website, at independencehallteaparty.com, was still online and being actively vandalized at 3 a.m., though it seems prudent to avoid it for the time being.

As far as 4chan hacks go, the tea party group is pretty small beans -- , 4chan took down the websites of the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America in 2010, and it was at least involved in the hacking of Sarah Palin's personal email address. This looks like it was just an easy target with "Tea Party" in the name.

"I really don't know if I want to make a comment about it," Adams said this afternoon. "We're an all-volunteer organization, and our goal is to try to limit government, lower taxes, and promote free enterprise. And if that's such an awful thing, there's obviously something wrong."

He also added, "There's obviously something wrong with the people who did this." He pointed to the Romney event as evidence that "we have been very effective, and I think that's a reason they've come after us... It's just very upsetting."

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You
You

Scumbag Tea PartyWants to limit governmentTrying to sue 4chan

Markopolo
Markopolo

9GAG! Reprsent We r leegin! We di d ths.

tpartynitwit
tpartynitwit

Hey, if some of the hijinks and pranks went too far, then obviously I'm sorry!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

So you run a script against the login page using a dictionary scheme to guess the password and that's hacking at its finest? Look, having worked for NASA, I know first hand what rocket science is all about. That, dear friends, ain't rocket science.

It's a fucking script...  It's not that 9BallGag is bright, it's about the website owner being dense. Ever hear of "strong passwords"?  Bet he does now.

To wit:

1.  Never use a username of "admin".2.  Patch your fucking code.3.  Block repeat offenders and offshore IPs4.  Passwords == Upper/lower case, numbers and punctuation.5.  Harden your site. 6.  Study up on .HTaccess.7.  Handle SQL Injection attacks.8.  Only allow known IPs access to your admin pages9.  Do regular backups (code, content, db)10.  Scan your plugins for oddities.11.  Kill FTP, use SSH12.  Make sure your file/dir permissions are set.

That will pretty much put an end to these 12 year old computer scientists...

Jimothy R. Ustles
Jimothy R. Ustles

We are legion. We dont forgive. We dont forget. We make memes and trash websites.This is who we are. We are 9gag.

Thryzhen Frutad Fogazhen
Thryzhen Frutad Fogazhen

Theses hacker are sending a massage. The government does not understand this message. The government is reducing the amount of paper we use. Basically, we are going electronic. Everything will run by a machine. So, if you want a snack out of a machine, hack it. Bring that to a higher level and you hacking the FBI and CIA. This is nothing new but hacker are getting all this on a "silver platter". Soon, all our money will be electronic. If a hacker want anything. He/she will get their laptop or computer and mess up Peoples lives. You won't need to hold people at gunpoint. Having hacking skills and computer skill will be all a person needs. But will this stop? Never... Just proves that the government can do shit about it. If they do, all hell will break loose...

Guest
Guest

It was hilarious watching as all of this was taking place. Too bad some asshat had to redirect to some facebook account.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Ever since Walmart starting selling computers, the online experience has been going down the shitter.

Guest
Guest

"There's obviously something wrong with the people who did this...we have been very effective, and I think that's a reason they've come after us... It's just very upsetting."

there go the conservatives labeling everyone and everything they can to make themselves look good. haters make you famous; or at least haters make you think you're famous.

Ebaum
Ebaum

9GAG is one of the worst hate sites on the internet and it's really not fair to blame this on anyone but them as they are the responsible parties. All 4channers did was watch the carnage, same as Reddit.

anonymous
anonymous

lol, the comments are funnier than the vandalism... just goes to show it was a bunch of fucking little kids with nothing better to do.. go blow up a mailbox, it's much more fun I guarantee

guest
guest

You guys don't get it. There is no political reason or logic behind it, they did it because they could. No other reason. With a password laughably easy to guess, I am surprised it took this long to happen. It should be a lesson for any website out there.

Niggerdick
Niggerdick

4chan did it and blamed it on 9fag to make them look bad, you ignorant little twats.  We do that shit to you all the time.  9fag is full of 12 year old facebookers, the little cunts wouldn't be able to hack into their own accounts, let alone an entire website.

no...
no...

For those of you whom do not understand, this is what 4Chan does. The redirecting to 9gag, and the blasting of 9gag all over the site happened for a reason. It's called misdirection. 

Fartshit
Fartshit

Yeah my friends from 9gag did this.

Fuck9gag
Fuck9gag

Seeing as how "9gag did this", the description of their website as seen here in this screen shot (http://i.imgur.com/Dnfjg.png)  must be 100% ture... fuck 9gag, you little faggots are barley capable of wiping your own asses let alone something of this magnitude. 

PrincessBabbyBoooo
PrincessBabbyBoooo

Yeaaah! Omg. I'm so glad I joined 9gag. This was super crazy to keep up with!!!

9GAGGERS 4 EVER!

Dave Davidson
Dave Davidson

looks to be the work of 9gag scum. 4chan would never do mean things like this.

9gag4ever
9gag4ever

 Those 4chan pussies dont have balls for this.   9gag legion forever!

Pjrddkidkhubalii
Pjrddkidkhubalii

you couldn't even get the password correct (p9ssw0rd), how do we know you are correct about these '4chan' fellows, 9gag sounds like a site that would have people up to no good, plus I saw them saying it was them when i was checking the news on the site last night

Kingoftoilettown
Kingoftoilettown

YOLO with the 9gag cяew & get hoes with the legion while we bust down the machine of teapaяtys, 4chin, and lemon paяtys.

We aяe 9gagWe aяe legionExpect us

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Kinda hard to tell if the tea baggers was hacked or not since thats pretty much exactly what they think anyway.

9gagArmy
9gagArmy

We are 9gagwe are a legionwe do not forgivewe do not forgetexpect us

9gag
9gag

We did it!

Joethemarshmallow
Joethemarshmallow

That was 9gag blaming 4chan, the kind gentlemen over on 4chan would never vandalize a website.

dolan pls
dolan pls

fuck yeah 9GAG! Overthrow the government! WE DO NOT FORGIVE YOUR CORRUPTION. WE ARE LEGION!

LE 9GAG PARTY 2012LE CHRIS CHAN 2012

 

Notme
Notme

I heard it was reddit first, then 9gag

Derp
Derp

Yeah that was 9GAG

Anonymous
Anonymous

newfag is new. bet you posted with youre real email too lololololol namefag is fag.

dumbfuckingkids
dumbfuckingkids

You dumb fucks. The user/pass was posted on /b/ with the "do what you do" message before any of this started happening. It wasn't a bunch of gayed up 10 yr olds from 9gag. Half those idiots are too fucking retarded to type a web address, much less actually hack something

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

The p9ssw0rd is correct; numbers look stupid in our default font.

Lurker
Lurker

"We are 9gagwe are a legionwe do not forgivewe do not forgetexpect us"Whoever invented that is retarded, also, I had no idea 10 year old children understood how to hack a website.

Redditfayg
Redditfayg

O hai!  Can I be legion too, guise?

Maxpower
Maxpower

No' never. It's not their style. 4chan is all about puppies and rainbows. Such nice fellas' over there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

fuck you nigger! ill suck your massive black cock while you lick my grandmothers asshole!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

If you have pictures of these ten year old children either post them or GTFO

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