Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pam Spaulding Has Been Hacked

Blogger Pam Spaulding has been hacked by Astalavista Team. Pam's House Blend is hosted on Soapbox. Other Soapbox sites such, American Liberalism, have been hacked. These hack attacks were sophisticated. The Astalavista Team left this image on the sites they hacked.

Soapbox has announced they are shutting down.

It was a good ride, but it's over.
Thanks for all the fish.

All these hackers messing with our stuff, and we here at SoapBlox have no clue what to do. We don't have enough knowledge, time, money, or care to fix it.

So I hope the Hackers are happy.

If you want the data from your blog, we will get it. But we are not going to try and restore anything.

Consider this the "We're Out of Business" post.

Most of the servers have been taken off line because they were being used to hack and exploit other websites. The hackers install this crap on servers after they get in. SoapBlox's ISP then takes the servers off line.

We do not know when they will come back online.

We do not know if they will come back online.

It is sad how a few bullies can end the hard work Soapbox did to build a community for progressive bloggers. The Astalavista Team hacked into these to show theyt can "destroy online communities." That is it. The same reason a bigger kid pushes a smaller child into the mud, because he can. How sad.

Pam will be moving her site. It is up currently, but who knows for how long.

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At January 07, 2009 2:58 PM , Blogger tas said...

The Astalavista Team:

"Everyone knows that the best defense is a good offense. Those who wait for their foes to find a security loophole are opting for the wrong strategy. The ASTALAVISTA hacking & security community is the largest IT security community in the world. It’s a platform for both IT specialists and novices, and anyone interested in expanding and updating their knowledge regarding IT security and hacking.

Our members include IT security specialists and IT representatives at multinational companies like IBM, Microsoft and PWC; administrators at large, medium and small-sized companies; private users and geeks. An enormous knowledge base is networked on our platform, and every single member profits from it."

The last time I visited Astalavista, it was a search engine you could goto to find cracks and such. Hacking utilities were always available there too, I assumed, though I hardly ever ventured over to that side of computing. Anyways, the point I'm trying to make here is that Astalavista has never been a hacking group. I would compare "hacking group" to Cult of the Dead Cow or L0pht Heavy Industries, but the comparison isn't apt because those groups are too much to do something like hack a server then advertise such, which I'm sure they would think is walk in the park -- not worthy of their time.

To me, this looks like the work of script kiddies with too much free time. They got the master password needed to hack Soapblox's server and presto.


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