TechCrunch Hacked?

By Daniel Scocco

I was browsing through my RSS feed when I came across a curious (to say the list) post from TechCrunch, when they mention they have been hacked.

I figured it could be Michael Arrington jumping the gun on April’s Fools again (and setting a new world record at the same time…), but after reading the comments it looks like the most popular tech blog on the web was indeed hacked.

Apparently for some time whoever tried to access TechCrunch.com was redirected to another site. You can get more details from the comments.

The site seems to be working normally now, but it will be interesting to read their follow up on the issue, mainly to understand what kind of vulnerability was exploited.



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16 Responses to “TechCrunch Hacked?”

  • Net Age | Google SEO

    TechCrunch is a big scalp, and some hacker out there has the satisfaction of having hacked TechCrunch. I dislike spammers, a lot, but when we talk about hackers maliciously messing with your work and online income generation there is a criminal aspect to their nefarious deeds that needs serious addressing. Where is the internet police?

    More importantly we have to realise that keeping up to date with updates to everything from your antivirus software, operating system software, blogging software through to your pdf reader even, is critical to ensuring your online safety and security. It is a jungle out there!

  • Muhammad Panji

    And now TechCrunch Move to WordPress.com VIP

  • Jaydip Parikh

    Now a days Hackers are very smart. they can enter In any System. Even Google has to say enough for his china office.

  • Rahul

    My site got hacked twice. in past 20 days. I am not happy with it. Do my blog was that popular. No, But i consider myself in better then 60% bloggers or my blog had more vulnerabilities.

  • Aglo

    Great website was sought after by the hackers to get a direct link to them. This favorable traffic gained from such a large web, so that took a lot of response from fans.

  • mk akan

    really scary.if the big guns can get hacked then what can we do?
    big question

  • The Human CpU

    No one is safe – they never are. If you start to get more and more traffic built up to your website – you should start building your security system… The risk increase as your popularity increases… But none-the-least a small time company website I run was “hacked” for no real reason except for sport. So you have those little tikes out there who think it’s fun to mess with other people’s things because they can do it before the age of 7…

  • reza

    really bad news

    if that site can be hacked, then nubi site like ours/mine must be more vulnerable

  • dd

    Based on the information I got, they were hacked using a vulnerability in one WordPress plugin. It was not sanitizing the input properly, almost giving to any attacker shell access via the web…

    It shows that even though WordPress is getting better at security, no one is looking closer at the Plugins and many of them are vulnerable.

    Recommendation for everyone running WordPress:

    -Remove any plugin you don’t really need and that is not very common.
    -Upgrade to the latest version
    -Password protect wp-admin (and wp-login too if possible)
    -Restrict access to a limited IP range to wp-admin and wp-login
    -Look at your logs (the wpsyslog2 plugin is good to let you know about anything happen on WordPress).
    -Monitor your sites (aham, http://sucuri.net is a good one).

  • Web Marketing Tips

    Within few minutes I am sure all tech lover, bloggers and internet users came to know about this.

    That is the impact of TechCrunch.

  • bee

    Oww…that news shocking me…

  • Dana @ Blogging Update

    Yup, it is interesting to find out how and why so we can learn from it.

  • Free Money Income

    @chester

    Yeah, sad to say no one is exempted from those hackers. Glad that techcrunch site is back again.

  • Lakhyajyoti saikia

    It is a great blog..So heckers are interested to hack a great site like Tech crunch

  • Chester

    This just proves to show that no one is exempted from these hackers. It is our responsibility to take precautionary measures.

  • Young

    TechCrunch is so popular to get hacked, there are always some hackers like to hack some big websites.

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