Chris Wadsworth
Percy Kelly - Looking East to the Ennerdale Fells
Writer and Art Consultant

10th September 2012

HACKED OFF

My apologies to anyone who went on to my web site last week and discovered obscene material. It read like 50 shades of Burnt Sienna!

I got back from a trip to Middle England on Friday night. I was there getting additional material for a story for the next book. An e mail from someone in Canada who was just signing up to the newsletter alerted me to the fact that all was not well at www.chriswadsworth.net. When I looked at my site I was appalled.  On the Publications page the description of the PK biography had key words altered - the title had been changed to The man who couldn't stop Wa*king and obscene words had been added everywhere - not randomely - they made a depraved sort of sense. In Articles the Guardian write up of the same book by Blake Morrison had also been defaced.

I deleted both immediately and my webmaster has changed all passwords.She is now investigating further and increasing security. I am assured that your e mail addresses remain sacrosanct. They have nothing to do with this. That was not the aim of the Hacker. This was a targeted attack to upset me personally. It hasn't succeeded.

Hercules and the Farmer's Wife has also been the subject of a different sort of attack. A badly defaced hard back copy was sent to me through the post last Christmas with 3 screws through it. It immediately went to the police who took it very seriously. We think this is about jealousy  and envy. However it is a criminal offence and serves no purpose whatsoever. It just demonstrates the stupidity of the Hacker who probably feels very clever at being able to do it.

So - watch out for the next book. There will be a chapter entitled Stalker and now another called Hacker will join it. And if you happen to be thinking of attacking the web site again - don't bother. It's not worth it and you will get found out.

More proper news soon. But I have my head down writing like crazy to get the next book finished.

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