The websites for chef Thomas Keller's famed Yountville, California restaurant, The French Laundry (frenchlaundry.com), and for his restaurant group, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group (TKRG; tkrg.org) were hacked over the weekend. It appears as if a group of hackers known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) are behind the attacks. Over the weekend, the three Michelin-starred restaurant's website displayed a large version of the SEA's logo with bright red text underneath that read, "Your site Was Hacked By Daemon Of Darkness."
The TKRG site was also hacked, and also featured the phrase "Hacked by Dameon of Darkness." There is additional text on the restaurant group's website saying "dont you ever speak badly of syrian people [sic]" and "eat falafel and live as aking, falafel w bas [sic]." While it looks like the hacker's splash page for the French Laundry website is no longer visible, the main site currently isn't accessible, although the mobile version is. TKRG's website still appears to be hacked. None of Keller's other websites appear to be affected. Eater has reached out to the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group for comment. Thomas Keller tweeted this morning, "Apologies for the offensive remarks, which of course are not ours." See a screenshot of the hacked TKRG website below:
The websites of TKRG and @_TFL_ Laundry were hacked. Apologies for the offensive remarks, which of course are not ours.— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) July 21, 2014