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1/26/2010
04:10 AM
Graham Cluley
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TechCrunch Hacked

The immensely popular blog TechCrunch has been compromised by hackers who posted an offensive message on its home page.

The immensely popular blog TechCrunch has been compromised by hackers who posted an offensive message on its home page.Visitors to TechCrunch.com after approximately 10:20 p.m. PST last night were greeted -- if that's the right word -- with a message reading:

WHAT A ****ING USELESS HACK ISN'T IT? BLEH.

TechCrunch hacked

The message was followed by a link to a Website containing links to adult material.

The TechCrunch site is currently showing a message, presumably from its administrators (who I imagine are feverishly trying to restore the site to its proper secure state), saying, "We'll be back soon."

Of course, if a site as well-known and popular as TechCrunch can be hacked, that's a reminder to everyone who runs a Website that they, too, could fall victim to a hack. They need to take the necessary precautions to reduce the possibility of their systems being compromised.

I will post more information about this hack, as it becomes available, on my blog on the Sophos Website.

Graham Cluley is senior technology consultant at Sophos, and has been working in the computer security field since the early 1990s. When he's not updating his award-winning other blog on the Sophos website, you can find him on Twitter at @gcluley. Special to Dark Reading.

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