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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Do-gooders done wrong

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Hard to believe. Somebody hacked the Arkansas Rice Depot website and did all kinds of mischief.

It's fixed now, but Rice Depot may have missed some seasonal orders and has put out an alert and explanation on the bad luck.

NEWS RELEASE

 LITTLE ROCK, Ark.–  (November 24, 2009)  Arkansas Rice Depot has faced many challenges in the past 27 years. However, none have been as potentially damaging as its recent website problems, which were caused by a hacker. 
For the past several weeks visitors to the Arkansas Rice Depot website have either been blocked from its website or have met with warnings of possible threats the website might pose. These warnings were due to a hack into their website, www.ricedepot.org.  For almost two weeks even Rice Depot staff was blocked from the website, making attempts to correct the problem more difficult.
“To have a problem with ricedepot.org, particularly during the holiday season, is distressing,” said Laura Rhea, president and CEO of the Arkansas Rice Depot. “Those who purchase our Simple Pleasures gourmet mixes and gift baskets, those who wanted to make a donation, even those who  wanted to learn more about our mission have been unable to do so.  We will never know how many individuals did not make contributions, did not order gifts, and may never visit our site again.  This has affected all aspects of our fight to end hunger in Arkansas.”
After several long weeks of fighting this problem, the Arkansas Rice Depot website is once again free from potential threats, and Google has removed the block and the warnings.  Several updates to the website were lost in this process; however, information about Rice Depot basic programs, the Simple Pleasure gift shop, and ways to make donations are available.  Credit card information has always been secure, as the Paypal system was not hacked.
 
Soon after the first of the year Arkansas Rice Depot will launch a new website, so further updates to the existing site will not be made.  The new site will still reside at www.ricedepot.org. “Over the past 27 years Arkansans have never let Arkansas Rice Depot down,” said Rhea.  “We hope individuals who have enough to eat this holiday season will consider making a contribution to Arkansas Rice Depot to help us recover from this attack and the resulting loss of donations.”
 About Arkansas Rice Depot
For 27 years Arkansas Rice Depot has been working to alleviate hunger in Arkansas.  The largest statewide food bank, Arkansas Rice Depot distributes more than 7 million pounds of food a year to hungry Arkansans.  The organization has four main programs in place, each working toward its core mission, including Food For Families, Food For Kids, Food For Seniors and Disaster Relief.  The Food For Kids program was designed to provide food to children having problems in school due to hunger at home.  By providing "kid friendly" foods and backpacks to the schools, these children are now able to feed themselves with full anonymity.  Food For Kids is in over 600 schools, providing food for over 25,000 Arkansas school children.

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