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Cyber attackers target Hampstead museum dedicated to Freud

PUBLISHED: 16:55 14 June 2013

Actor Viggo Mortensen and writer Lisa Appignanesi at the Freud Museum. Picture: Polly Hancock

Actor Viggo Mortensen and writer Lisa Appignanesi at the Freud Museum. Picture: Polly Hancock

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As far as Heathman is concerned, computer hacking is all about breaching the defences of secretive organisations like the CIA to uncover startling conspiracies and evidence of alien life.

So when a museum dedicated to the founder of psychoanalysis was hit by a cyber attack, the natural thought was: What have they got to hide?

Of course, no-one really suspects The Freud Museum in Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, of being engaged in any Mulder and Skully-style shenanigans.

But that did not stop a hacker – whose identity and motivation remain a complete mystery – from accessing its website and somehow destroying six weeks of hard work.

Despite being a deeply frustrating episode, the museum announced the news on Twitter with good humour and a conspiracy theory of its own by posting: “Our website is currently down following a hacking attempt (presumably by Jungians).”

Queue responses about getting “the Id of the perpetrators”, the schoolboy error of using “mother” as a password, and a question from @tubbsOreally: “But why do you feel the host name is ‘invalid’?”


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