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Friends of Cedar Mesa Says Hack of Its Website Was Likely, But “Not a Huge Deal”

Bren Pompe
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The environmental advocacy group Friends of Cedar Mesa is downplaying a possible hack to its website server after the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument.

The site was inaccessible immediately after President Obama announced his designation of the monument in late December. Friends of Cedar Mesa Assistant Director Amanda Podmore tells KSJD a hack was (quote) “highly likely” due to some suspicious changes in the website’s code. However, she says they have fixed the issue, and do not have the funding to hire an expert to further assess the matter. She says the organization hopes to focus on other, more important matters related to the preservation of the new monument. Friends of Cedar Mesa was one of the most outspoken supporters of the new, 1.35 million-acre national monument.

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