UFC president Dana White (Pictured) wasn’t taking the matter too seriously on Sunday, but the world’s biggest mixed martial arts organization was forced to issue a more formal response to the hackers that recently took over UFC.com after they extended their stay until Monday.
“On Sunday, January 22nd, the UFC.com website was redirected by a criminal hacker to another website,” the company expressed in a statement. “The UFC website was quickly restored to the control of the UFC, and there is no evidence suggesting that any confidential information belonging to the company or its customers was compromised by the re-direction of the website.
“UFC representatives are continuing to investigate the matter and are working with law enforcement agents to prosecute those involved.”
On Sunday afternoon, the “Underground Nazi H4ck3rGr0up” took control of UFC.com to protest the UFC’s public support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), which would allow the US Government to shut down Internet websites that provide pirated content.
The UFC contends they are losing millions of dollars each year from websites illegally streaming their pay-per-view broadcasts for free.
UFC.com had returned back to normal Sunday evening, but fans that entered the domain Monday morning were bombarded with links to purchase UFC merchandise and tickets. The website has since been restored.
For White’s part, he seemed to be more amused than upset when all of the monkey business was going down.
“I could give a flying rats ass about UFC. Com : ) , ” White tweeted. “I’m the fight biz not the website biz!! Might be a big deal to other companies not mine.”