TechCrunch, the Michael Arrington-founded blog that people either love or love to hate, got hacked Tuesday morning at 1:30 a.m. ET. The site went down for an hour, came back online briefly, and then went down again a couple of hours later.
Rather than being treated to TechCrunch's usual commentary, visitors were greeted with the message, "What a [expletive] useless hack, isn't it? Bleh," and were redirected to a porn site.
As of 11:00 a.m. ET, TechCrunch was "still gathering information on how the site was compromised," and promised to update users when more information was available.
Bored hackers bring content sites down on a regular basis, but you have to wonder whether the hacker behind this attack got his dates mixed up. Jan. 27, after all, is practically the Super Bowl for the technology world this year -- the day that Apple can finally make all of these tablet rumors go away. Jan. 26 is, well, a Tuesday.
"There's no such time as a ‘good time' to be hacked of course, but one can only imagine that today is a better day for TechCrunch to be hacked than tomorrow," said Graham Cluely, senior technologist consultant for security vendor Sophos, on his blog. "That's when the site will be expecting a large amount of traffic as millions of people around the world look for information about the new iSlate/iPad/iTablet/iDontKnowWhatItWillBeCalled due to be announced by Apple."
Maybe the hackers are just getting warmed up?
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