AMSAT NEWS SERVICE SPECIAL BULLETIN
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-022.01
ANS-022 ANS Special Bulletin - AMSAT-NA Website Down
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 022.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
To All RADIO AMATEURS
On or about 20 January 2013, AMSAT-NA's main web site www.amsat.org
was compromised by an attacker, with the contents of the supporting
database, including non-public information, posted on other publicly
available web sites.
It is likely that the attacker gained enough access to the site to
post arbitrary and possibly illegal content, so out of an abundance
of caution the main site was shut down.
Neither the AMSAT store nor the Fox project web site were affected
by this breach. Mail services remain operational.
The main site was developed roughly 10 years ago by a AMSAT volun-
teers under a more benign Internet threat environment. The team that
built that site is no longer associated with AMSAT, so work has been
underway over the last several months to move to a modern, maintain-
able, secure infrastructure. This recent breach will accelerate that
activity. In the interim, www.amsat.org
will have limited content.
[ANS thanks AMSAT's User Services Team for the above information]