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Hacker Threatens Digg.com, Targeting SEO-Related Sites

Posted in: Blogs,General,Security by Richard Hearne on January 16, 2007
Internet Marketing Ireland

Michael Wolf’s popular SEO blog has been hacked, and it appears that the hacker may have some issues with the SEO community:

I’m going to crack all the SEO related sites/blogs/forums that I can… Maybe once in a while a non-SEO site will slip into the list but what the hell! Who cares anyways?

And the hacker goes on to list future targets:

The list

www.mattcutts.com – Mess with the best, die like the rest? He scares me… Just typing his site in this list makes me tremble

www.spamhuntress.com – That bitch needs some AdultFriendFinder love ASAP!

www.shoemoney.com – A bald “guru”, he is like the Buda of the SEO “gurus” (See eliteretreat.info)




ha.ckers.org – The hardest one of the list. Hats off to RSnake and iD!

www.v7n.com – Actually I’m just going to target blog.v7n.com and their forums

forums.digitalpoint.com – Hard

www.webmasterworld.com – They have the ugliest backend (and forum!) I’ve seen in my life

www.seoblackhat.com – The blog and the private forums (I help out n00bs over there once in a while)






www.digg.com – I’m not aiming for a deface; rather I will find & release ways to game their “democratic” system (This will make happy some webmasters out there)

www.techcrunch.com – Had access to their server until they updated their stuff. This is the biggest target on the list…

www.johnchow.com – Dude wtf?! You came out of the blur and now your blog is everywhere

www.seobook.com – Your book is not that good anyways so get lost…


There are some serious big-hitting names in there. Gaming Digg.com? Somehow I don’t think he’s alone in that endeavour :mrgeen:

The above extracts are taken from a post made on Michael Gray’s blog before it was taken down. I flashed off an email to GreyWolf in case he’s unaware (and found out that www.seoblackhat.com is listed in www.surbl.org/lists.html in the process).

We’ll have to wait and see if the Anti-SEO Hacker comes good on any of his threats.

[EDIT] I see that the hacker may have been using an exploit similar to one found by Jason Roe recently. Well done Jason on your find.

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  1. [...] Want to front page Digg and Slashdot? Get hacked. http://****ingpirate.blogspot.com/20…at-i-love.html Stuntdubl Marketing Consulting hacked – SEOs a target – Jason Roe Web Development. Jason Roe – Web design, Development, SEO Advice Hacker Threatens Digg.com, Targeting SEO-Related Sites | Search Engine Optimisation Ireland .:. Red Cardinal It’s either a sobering reminder of the importance of PHP security and keeping up to date – OR – i just thought about this: This may be the largest and most elaborate link bait ever created or orchestrated. (Here’s the queue for the Tinfoil hats – ) A lot of those blogs and bloggers are very "close" – often writing about each other’s posts – and nearly all mention those websites (syndk8.com, webmasterworld etc) in their blogs too. The more people talk about the "Hacking" Threats, the more likely they are to link to those websites. Lets see how this plays out: and how much each of those sites gains because of these threats, and how much data / reputation has been Lost to those sites because of the "hacking".. As for sounding offensive to the webmasters who have been hacked (or threatened), i really think the damage done was minimal – they of all people know about backups and their readers are savvy enough to spot a defacement. I’m not into whis whole "conspiracy" thing – but there’s something about this that makes it somehow more beneficial to the sites listed (in terms of SEO, backlinks, new readers, curious people checking those blogs etc..). [...]

    Pingback by Want to front page Digg and Slashdot? Get hacked. - Irish SEO, Marketing & Webmaster Discussion — January 16, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

  2. I also got a link back from the hackers blog (was taken down).

    He set up a second page on http://fuckingpirate.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Jason Roe — January 16, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

  3. He’s been a busy bee. Funny that he’s happy to give away his location (if it’s for real). You got some nice links out of it all Jason :grin:

    Comment by Richard Hearne — January 16, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

  4. I got a bucket of traffic too

    Comment by Jason Roe — January 16, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  5. Are you getting worried that you might be next??? :D

    Comment by David Behan — January 16, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

  6. I hop you have all upgraded to WP 2.0.7 today!

    Comment by Dave Davis — January 16, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

  7. Done and dusted. Head wrecking job!!!! :D

    Comment by David Behan — January 16, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

  8. Hacking this blog wouldn’t garner too much attention – I’m well off the radar screen (I believe ‘small fry’ would be the appropriate terminology :mrgreen:)

    Comment by Richard Hearne — January 17, 2007 @ 3:23 am

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