CUSTOMERS were unable to log on to the North Devon Theatres' website on Sunday after it was hacked.
Instead of the usual homepage, visitors to the site were greeted with a black screen and blue pop-up box.
The website appeared to have been accessed by a user called TaLeL-HaCkEr, making it unusable.
However, North Devon Theatres’ Trust marketing manager confirmed customer’s personal details were not at risk.
The site was left with a message which read: “I’m the owner…… I’m in your site now :D.”
The message also said: “Don’t Panic Admin! To return to your site Say Ana Himar. I’m Muslim! And proud!”
North Devon Theatres issued a statement on its Facebook page to confirm it was aware of the problem.
The statement said: “Dear all, if you have visited our website this evening you may have seen that someone/something has managed to access our website and has unfortunately made it unusable for the time being.
“We are working to rectify the situation and hopefully normal service will resume soon.
“If you were planning on booking tickets online please bear with us whilst we fix the issue. Thank you for your patience.”
Jo Lock marketing manager at North Devon Theatres’ Trust said the breach was discovered by their website host who worked through Sunday night to solve the problem.
She said: “Some servers of our website hosting company were hacked into.
“It affected hundreds of different websites, including North Devon Theatres’ website.
“The only area affected on the website was the home page element. No customer or financial data sections were breached at any time.
“They are separate from the information sections and are held in a highly secure system.”
Jo said Website host Clevera have launched an investigation.