Update: Gamers Against Bigotry Hacked!

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Last week, we blogged about the movement to end bigotry and hatred in video games called Gamers Against Bigotry.

As tends to happen in these situations, calling out the a-holes tends to make the a-holes retaliate in traditional a-hole ways. In this case, the a-holes decided to hack the Gamers Against Bigotry website.

With the first 200 pledges, came a half dozen hackers finding different ways of exploiting the pledge.  For the past few weeks, this has continued, and the number of attempted and completed hacks has increased into the hundreds.  Attacks have ranged from the simple (making grotesque images pop up in the signatures page…) to the elegant (making it impossible for new pledgees to sign), but all of the attacks had a few things in common: they were expected, they were childish, and they were temporary and easy enough to fix.

Sam Killermann, the man behind GAB, took steps to make the site more secure using several different preventative measures. Unfortunately, this only pissed the a-holes off even more. Gamers Against Bigotry was hacked AGAIN, and this time the database containing close to 1500 pledge signatures was deleted, effectively erasing all Killermann’s hard work. So now what?

I’m asking that instead of signing the pledge, folks take to indiegogo and support our project, giving us the ability to improve the site and fight back against these misguided children.  As a fan on Facebook said, “they need the IndieGoGo – they’re going to need the level of security you normally find at research corporations just to stay afloat with the savage attacks they’re going to receive.”

Killermann adds, “A group of narrow-minded, childish individuals are attempting to silence us, and so far doing a great job at it. Let your voice be heard.” We share the sentiment. Keep fighting the good fight.

About the author

Rebecca Veverka

A lifelong Cleveland, Ohio native, Rebecca is the second member of Word of the Nerd that likes to be called Bex. What are the chances? An Anglophile, science and history buff, and avid gamer (both video and tabletop), Bex also spends her free time crafting, illustrating, reading, and getting into amicable arguments with strangers on the internet. She has entirely too much free time. One of her greatest accomplishments is that she's only suffered one minor head injury in her lifetime.

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