Fellow BJJ news site Jiu-Jitsu Times have just announced on social media that they will be going on an indefinite hiatus after becoming the victims of a cyber-attack. The publication has been one of the longest-running in the sport but they have reportedly had their archives of content ‘effectively wiped out’. This means that the site may need to be rebuilt from the ground up, a process that is likely to take a considerable amount of time as this is no small task.
BJJ news organizations have come and gone over the years and very few have managed to remain active over a long time frame. Alongside ourselves here at JitsMagazine, Jiu-Jitsu Times is one of the few that have maintained a presence in the sport over many years and their hiatus will likely come as a shock to anyone who keeps up to date with BJJ news. This is only going to be amplified by the reason why they’re going to be temporarily absent, as a cyber-attack is not something that many people would expect in the world of BJJ journalism.
It’s unclear as yet what the perpetrators of this attack had hoped to gain from enacting it, and what damage will be sustained by the site in the long-term future. At present, they have announced that they are undergoing ‘a complete reconstruction’ and that they ‘remain hopeful of recovery’, so it does sound as though this hiatus won’t be permanent at least. They haven’t announced any timeline for this recovery as yet though, and it’s unclear just how much work needs to be done behind the scenes in order for them to become operational again.
Jiu-Jitsu Times announced that they were the victims of a cyber-attack and would be going on an indefinite hiatus while they recover in a recent post to their official Instagram account: