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Three sites were defaced on Saturday in an anti-Semitic attack by a hacker claiming to be Waja (Adi Noor).

Three Boulder Jewish Websites Defaced

The websites of two of the largest synagogues in Boulder — Congregation Bonai Shalom and Congregation Har HaShem — were defaced on Saturday, January 2, 2009, in an anti-Semitic attack by a hacker claiming to be Waja (Adi Noor).  The site for Haver, the Boulder Rabbinic Council,  was also attacked.

A note left by the hacker on Congregation Bonai Shalom’s website claimed, “Bonai Shalom is affiliated with the Jews are terrorists Organization.”

All of the affected websites were quickly restored by Jeff Finkelstein, founder of Boulder-based Customer Paradigm.

Finkelstein, who is also the husband of Rabbi Jamie Korngold, was searching through server logs to try to identify the attacker, and has since put additional security measures in place for the sites.  Law enforcement officials are in the process of being notified.  Rabbi Korngold’s website, www.AdventureRabbi.org, was not defaced in the attack.

About Jeff Finkelstein

Jeff Finkelstein is the founder of Boulder-based, Customer Paradigm, an interactive marketing firm that has helped clients including Xcel Energy, 3M, Level 3, BP achieve top rankings through search engine optimization and web marketing. Finkelstein is an adjunct professor for Colorado State University, and has lead workshops around the country teaching companies how to better optimize their websites and get found. Finkelstein has written syndicated columns on web marketing, and reaches tens of thousands of people each week through Customer Paradigm's eLearning Series newsletter. Finkelstein also helps his wife, Rabbi Jamie Korngold, run the Adventure Rabbi program. Through search engine optimization, reporters from Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS News and Ski Magazine found out about the organization and ran articles and TV segments. This intense media interest sparked a book offer from Doubleday Religion, who published Rabbi Korngold's best-selling book, God in the Wilderness, in April 2008. Finkelstein has been featured in The New York Times as a Web Guru, and his company has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association Supplier of the Year Award.

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  1. Link to ADL statement, "ADL Decries Hacking of Boulder Jewish Web Sites": http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/5684_12.htm