The Florida Family Policy Council yesterday announced its website had been compromised by what a senior executive described a “radical Muslim hacker.“
“We have some rather stunning and almost unbelievable news that we need to report,“ John Stemberger, president and general counsel, wrote in an email from which Sunshine State News quoted. “Late last week, we were attacked and the code of our FFPC website at FLFamily.org was completely disabled and destroyed by a radical Muslim hacker.“
Stemberger believes the cyber attack was connected to his professional relationship with Rifqa Bary, a young woman who fled Ohio to Florida in fear of radical Muslims angry at her conversion from Islam to Christianity.
“In my personal capacity as an attorney, I agreed to represent Rifqa in this high-profile Orlando case last year,“ Stemberger. continued.“Rifqa's parents actively attended a mosque in Columbus that had ties to terrorists' organizations around the world. I wrote an extensive memorandum documenting this to the Florida court. Handling Rifqa's case was perhaps the most challenging and stressful thing I have ever done in my life.“
Although the case had gone well, Stemberger acknowledged there had been issues. A lawyer who represented Rifqa's parents filed a $10 million lawsuit against him in federal court, as well as attempted to have Stemberger disbarred or disciplined as an attorney, Stemberger said.
“In addition to all of this, last [week] a Muslim hacker somehow gained access to our FFPC website, (apparently through the host server or some older code) and disabled the entire back-end controls on the site, erased most of the data, disabled the blog and left an obscene message on the events page explaining in broken English who he was and why he was hacking the site,“ he added. “Our web experts tell us that the five-year-old site, which has served us well, is completely unusable and needs to be replaced“
The hacker, who called himself vKey [email protected], wrote a jumbled message with an expletive, saying the site was hacked because of FFPC’s stance against Islam.