Hearth Tax Online website removed following "cyber attacks"

By Editor, 29 September 2017 - 11:14am

The popular online resource, created by the University of Roehampton, will have to be completely rebuilt

Hearth Tax Online
The website as it appeared earlier this year, before the attacks

The Hearth Tax Online website, run by the Centre for Hearth Tax Studies at the University of Roehampton, has had to be taken down due to an aggressive spate of cyber attacks that left users being taken to alternative sites.

Dr Andrew Wareham, director of the Centre, told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine that the resource was attacked “by over 400 malicious scripts” and that “the extent of the attack was so great that it means that we are going to need to rebuild the website”.

Hearth Tax Online featured in the September issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine in an article on the best websites for 17th century research. It was chosen by Dr Jonathan Oates, author of Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837, as his ‘star site’.

Although the resource is likely to be down for some time, Wareham added a note of optimism: “The good news is that I am putting into place something that will result in a better website, in terms of its security, content and usability.”

In the meantime, here are details of five other websites that we recommend for 17th century research.

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