News12 / Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- These gamers are on a mission.
"We are raising as much money as we can by marathoning for 25 hours straight playing video games, board games, cards games, phone--any kind of games that we can play," said John Paschal.
Each gamer brings in about one dollar per hour through the gaming charity website Extra Life. After almost 10 hours of playing, local organizer John Paschal says, hackers decided to play games with these gamers.
"Our website was down and it was down due to an outside source attacking the extra life website," he told News 12.
If you are one of the donors that pitched into the $3 million pot nationally or the $7,000 raised right here in Augusta, don't worry.
"No personal information was comprised. All that happened was that the site was overflooded with traffic and a traffic jam occurred which made the website go down for a few hours," Paschal said.
The hacking flooded the national website, but not the local pixelheads teams' site. However, once was not enough for the cybercriminals.
"It killed the website for several hours. They got it back up and running, but somebody came in did it a second, and even a third time, but overall those have proven to be small hurdles," he said.
Paschal says they still don't who or why someone would do this, but he hopes they realize how much they could have hurt the families they are trying to help.
"You throw around $3 million and it just a number to some people, but that's children who are getting cancer treatments, that's children that are getting surgeries that they can't afford through their families or whatever," said Pascal.
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