Sometime over the last few days, the Skeptical Science website has been hacked. The hacker has taken much or all of the Skeptical Science database, zipped various excerpts into a single file, uploaded the file onto a Russian website then linked to the zip file from various blogs. While we are still attempting to verify the authenticity of the file, initial scans seem to indicate the hacker has included the entire database of Skeptical Science users. Access to the full database (which includes private details) is restricted only to myself and I am the only one with access to all of the raw data – this fact alone indicates that this breach of privacy came in the form of an external hack rather than from within Skeptical Science itself.
Of great concern is the fact that the hacker has published personal details such as emails and IP addresses of each user.
Source: Skeptical Science
Was this a case of people harrassing this site which has proven HIGHLY effective in debunking climate denialists? Or was is just an attempt to get user info for some other purpose? It’s not known yet.
Sorry to hear about this, guys. But, when you are good (edit: or simply a high hit site), you get attention. Even unwanted, troublesome attention.