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UFC releases statement on having its website hacked over the weekend


As reported back on Sunday (Jan. 22, 2012), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fell victim to a hacker named Josh Matthews, who took control of the website in retaliation for the promotion's support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

UFC President Dana White was quick to dismiss the event as anything newsworthy; however, fans who used their credit cards and other confidential information to make purchases through the ZUFFA-owned website felt differently.

Service was eventually restored and today, the UFC has released a statement assuring its customers that no personal information has been compromised.

MMA Fighting has it, after the jump.

"On Sunday, January 22nd, the website was redirected by a criminal hacker to another website," a statement provided to MMA Fighting read. "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."

The hack is believed to be nothing more than a show of force from hackers, a statement that they're willing to fight back if provoked, and not an attempt to bilk the UFC fans out of confidential information.

The Internet has spoken, but did the ends justify the means?

UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta's argument in support of SOPA can be found here, as well as a more detailed look at the UFC/SOPA debate here.

What's your take on this, Maniacs?

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