By Phil Muncaster
27 Jan 2010
Security experts are warning webmasters to be on their guard, after
popular technology blog TechCrunch was hacked for the second time in 24
hours. Users were greeted this time with a four-letter tirade against
the site's founder, Michael Arrington.
The first hack happened at around 6am GMT yesterday morning, when
visitors saw a blank page with a brief message and a link to a site
containing links to "adult and pirated material", according to Sophos
senior technology consultant Graham Cluley.
Later that morning the site posted a brief story about the hack. "At
this point we are still gathering information on how the site was
compromised, and will update this post with additional information," it
However, Cluley said in a blog post that the site was compromised again
within 24 hours, and that the hackers left another message.
"So Arrington, how much did all the media coverage yesterday brought you
in trough the welcome.html ad you forced people to? What a f***ing
retarded move was that you t***. You should be thanking me and sucking
on my f***ing b***sack for not deleting everyone on the box and
publishing the mysql, if that's what you want O.K, I can do that," the
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