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DC Tech Meetup’s webpage has been hacked.
Now the prominent meetup group’s main digital source of connection to the community has been taken down. The group shared the news in a tweet, along with disappointment toward Meetup for deleting its site after individuals added themselves as organizers.
Hey @Meetup. Our page got hacked and instead of removing the individuals who added themselves as organizers you took the entire group down. We worked hard to build our community to over 40 thousand members, your response is unacceptable. #DCtech
— DC Tech Meetup (@dctechmeetup) July 24, 2019
Meetup is a service that connects organizations via online groups to coordinate in-person events. The DC Tech Meetup group said it had over 40,000 members before the site was deleted.
This meetup has clearly been a pivotal and vital component to the #dctech community over the years. Since 2011, DC Tech Meetup has been convening technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and the broader innovation community regularly to learn and share, Technical.ly DC previously reported. Each meetup usually has a theme with demos from local companies and an open mic portion followed by a networking happy hour. In 2012, DC Tech Meetup was recognized by Inc. Magazine for having more than 1,100 people RSVP and 700 people show up to a meetup.
After years of building a streamline of meaningful events through the online group, here’s what the site looks like now:
DC Tech Meetup organizers didn’t give an official statement, but the group’s leadership team is working diligently to try to resolve the issue. We will update this article as more details come in.
Will the DC Tech Meetup site return? We aren’t sure, but here’s a roundup of tweets from the #dctech community sharing their support, memories and disappointment about the hack:
Seriously @Meetup, you need to fix this. The only reason those people were able to wreak havoc is that your #UX sucks. One of our organizers left, and that opened the administration of our group to the public. Why was that even a feature? #DCtech https://t.co/q1mJnjiLbO
— Ksenia (she/her) 👩🏼💻 (@kscoult) July 24, 2019
On a personal note: My first introduction to the #DCtech community was through the @dctechmeetup group. So I do hope, for everyone’s sake, that @Meetup resolves this issue quickly. https://t.co/DIN8NWQwGc
— Robert K. Williams (@RKWDC) July 24, 2019
This definitely needs to be remedied –– what an absurd situation. Good luck, @dctechmeetup friends.
— BTC Revolutions (@BTCrevolutions) July 24, 2019
That really sucks I hope @Meetup will do the right thing and fix it
— Brandon S (@apocsnap) July 24, 2019
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