An Essex charity is appealing for donations to help it restore its website following a series of cyber attacks.
Ongar-based Zinc Arts suffered a series of attacks over the past few months which resulted in the hackers uploading adverts for Viagra and other inappropriate items.
Following the attacks the site, which featured reports on the charity’s activities, workshops, theatre productions and volunteer opportunities, has been taken down.
That means it no longer provides an accessible web platform for those who need its support, including children, young people and adults who are disabled, learning disabled or with mental health issues. As a result, the charity is now losing vital funds and donations.
The website featured information about the charity’s activities, including AQA qualifications, arts workshops, theatre productions and volunteering opportunities.
Sonia Cakebread, a Zinc programme manager told the Harlow Star,: “Being hacked was devastating, particularly because of the effect it’s had on our vulnerable users. All we want to do is provide the best possible service to our diverse community and it’s heartbreaking to think that someone wants to stop us succeeding.
“However, Zinc is a valuable community hub that provides hope and happiness to thousands of people, and we’re determined to keep it that way. As such we are seeking to turn this awful experience into something positive by fundraising for a new website and the ability to teach IT and cyber security skills to those we support.”
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