It appears that the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group website, as well as the websites for his individual restaurants, have been hacked by Syrian activists who call themselves the “Syrian Electronic Army.” This morning the main website was down and replaced with the hacktivists’ logo, and the words “Your site was hacked by daemon of darkness,” along with nonsensical words like, “dont you ever speak badly of syrian people [sic]" and "eat falafel and live as aking, falafel w bas [sic].” The hackers’ message has since been erased from the website, but as of noon on July 21, the TKRG home page is still not accessible.
Thomas Keller has tweeted an apology for the “offensive remarks” that were posted on the website. We have reached out to the restaurant group for comment but have not yet received a response. The hacker group has been known to target high-profile news sites like Al Jazeera and the BBC.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi