Shortly after the State of the Union address, several congressional web sites apparently attacked by Brazillian hackers. Among the group of 26 members of the house whose sites were hacked was our own Harry Mitchell. According to the site Praetorian Prefect (Ford’s brother, I guess), the sites were hacked by a group called Red Eye Crew. Previously, Red Eye Crew took down government sites in Brazil and the University of Virginia.
This doesn’t have a partisan motive as members from both parties were hit.
The folks at Praetorian Prefect say this may be due to a flaw in the software used by those particular offices, but they point out that others that use it (it’s called Joomla) were not hit. They name Arizona’s Ann Kirkpatrick as one that escaped being hit even though she uses Joomla.
As of this writing, the text that the hackers put up on Mitchell’s page has been replaced with a generic congressional “Site Maintenance” page.