Hacked, Site Shut Down Temporarily

Said Some Users Were Being Redirected to Porn Site
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hereistv  400x300.jpg, an ad-based, curated daily TV show and movie recommendation service, has shut down its Web site temporarily amid a hacking that redirected visitors to a porn site, the company told registered users in an email distributed Monday.

“We recommend that you DO NOT CLICK on any links in the HereIsTV newsletters that you have received from us until this is resolved,” the company told users while also recommending that they  do not click on notices coming way of Facebook that attempt to steer them to visit the HereIsTV site on mobile devices.

“We have taken down the site until this can be fixed and will send you another email letting you know when the site and newsletters are working again,” the company said. “We apologize for any inconvenience or other trouble that this might have caused you.”

Bruce Eisen, a former Dish Network who heads, said the company took down the site as soon as the hack was discovered. “We took immediate steps,” he said, adding that his company is trying to ferret out the source of the hack and hopes to have the site back up on Tuesday.

In the meantime, HereIsTV plans to continue distributing its daily TV recommendations via email, though those messages might go out as text-only and not contain links to the HereIsTV Web site, he said.

Palisades, Calif.-based launched last fall, relies on a panel of people, rather than algorithms, to generate its curated list of TV show and VOD recommendations that are delivered via email. Integrations with Comcast, Dish and DirecTV enable registered users to set DVR recordings directly from the HereIsTV Web application. HereIsTV also runs a Facebook page and a Twitter feed.

Eisen said “well over 100,000 subscribers” are getting HereIsTV’s recommendations daily, and that the company has begun to attract paying advertisers.