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Jul. 25, 2019 8:54 am

After getting hacked, the DC Tech Meetup webpage was taken down

The prominent tech meetup group's page had more than 40,000 members.
The October 2018 DC Tech Meetup.

The October 2018 DC Tech Meetup.

(Photo by Michelai Graham)

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.

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:

A screenshot of DC Tech Meetup’s deleted site. (Screenshot)

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.

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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:

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