Warning: Your Free Website Could Be Used by Questionable Organisations
Some years ago in an attempt to gain some work designing websites freelance, I set up a free web hosting account through portland.co.uk and uploaded via FTP a few pages for a web designer's promotional website. I totally forgot about it (since I never gained any work form it) and by chance, found the back-up file with the hosting information and like most folks, checked the address to see if the site was even still up.
To my horror there is now another page, totally different than the one I created that seems to be in support of Islam and Iranian nuclear weapons. Obviously it is a radically extremist Islamic propaganda webpage and if you haven't figured it out, I do not in any way, shape or form including morally support Islamic extremism. I hate the suggestion of violence whether it is coming from Muslims, Christians, Africans, Latinos or European extremists. I detest violence as much as I detest religion and support neither. I support a people's right to defend themselves, but targeting people randomly in pursuit of some political or theological ideal is an excuse for the projection of unbridled aggression. Little more. I have no respect for such individuals no matter who or where they come from or thier petty ideals. And those who actively support them are just as morally guilty as the people who actually commit such acts.
That being said, as someone who tends to utilise many of the abundant free services that the web has to offer, I find this to be a shocking thing to discover that your accounts could be hijacked like this. Evidently your accounts can never be assumed safe from cyber-attacks. How they managed to get into my account is beyond me, I lack hacking expertise to understand the particulars. But evidently the rumours that Islamic extremists are using cyber-attacks to get thier message across are true. And since that firm is located in Surrey, England I suppose the British Muslim's who back such loonies is responsible.
This means that those who deal with the web using free accounts and similar services should be aware that your sites or other web accounts could be hacked as was mine. Hopefully the web security geeks will finally figure out a way to clear the web of garbage traffic and develop better ways to prevent such cyber-attacks.
I have written to the support information offered on the host's website and informing them of the breech and my desire to have them remove the offending material and to dissolve the account completely. I suppose that's all one can do other than to be aware of the fact that many of these free services may come with risks to your web security. Hackers usually find a way to get into any account and extreme religious movements are not above using the web to gain glory for what they think is God's will.
Be on the lookout and work to make the web a safer place for everyone.
- The Angryindian