Hacked, fracked and back...

Tuesday - 5/14/2013, 2:00am EDT

A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to work last week. We got hacked!

Federal News Radio and our big sister station WTOP.com were visited by the same bug.

A number of people contacted us saying their agency had cut us off. They wanted to know what was going on. Were the agencies censoring news or what?

Turns out the agencies, such as IRS, Social Security and the Army, did exactly what they were supposed to do. They detected the problem and shut down access to our sites from government computers.

Anyone who accessed us via Internet Explorer got a notification from us explaining what had happened. People could still get us via Chrome and Firefox, which many of you have on your home computers. The station continued to send out the "Federal Report" column to people who subscribe to our free email service. (To do that, click here).

So what happened? Are you kidding? You're asking me?

Since Zong our long-time Neanderthal Man (and board-certified staff fruit-picker) retired last year, I am now the lowest man on the tech totem pole. They tease me because my cell phone is the size of a loaf of bread. All it does is make and receive phone calls. Stupid phone! It doesn't allow me to pay bills, check for the nearest pizza place, track Lindsay Lohan or play with it during dinner so I can ignore mere humans at the table. No...

I am the Plan B guy. The master of lost arts. They keep me around to translate cursive writing. To show that, if the power goes out and the electric-eye door won't open, it is OK to push it. It will open and it doesn't hurt. Things like that...

Bottom line is we are back and, as you are reading this, so are you. Good times!

If you have friends or coworkers who thought maybe we had gone out of business or been banned, tell them we are alive and kicking. Always were, just that some of you couldn't see us.

Back to work. We've got a world to save!

And thanks.

For a more detailed account of what happened from Executive Editor Jason Miller (who gets this tech stuff), click here.


NEARLY USELESS FACTOID

Compiled by Jack Moore

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