Buddhist group’s websites hacked

In the roughly four years since a group of Chinese Buddhists moved into Montgomery County, they’ve l
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In the roughly four years since a group of Chinese Buddhists moved into Montgomery County, they’ve lost precious statues, entire basements of copper and investors due to crime.

This past weekend, the World Peace and Health Organization was attacked from another place altogether: cyberspace.

WPHO spokeswoman Jennie Wong said the organization’s websites were attacked by a hacker about four times over the weekend.

The Buddhist organization, which teaches a form of yoga promoted to improve health, has three websites: americansportscommitte.com, wpho.org and ghmz.us.

On Friday, group member Flora Wang went online to do some maintenance and realized the WPHO website wasn’t allowing users to browse for information.

She thought she’d fixed it, but on Saturday the site started redirecting guests to a website for health food products.

Later, Wang said she went onto the website and found it was displaying a message regarding a conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

On one of the pages, Wang said there was a message from the hacker identified as “slyhacker.”

They contacted their service provider who worked to get the sites operating when it happened again on Sunday, Wang said.

“We are not sleeping well. We don’t know what time this happened so we are nervous,” Wang said.

WPHO spokeswoman Jennie Wong said she sent an e-mail with a log of those making use of the website to local police in hopes law enforcement might be able to help.

The websites, Wong said, are important for the group to share information and help students — some living overseas — to stay tuned in with the group’s activities.

“The purpose is to enable people to understand us more, it’s a window for people to know us,” Wong said.

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