TechCrunch hit by hack attack, says ‘we’ll be back soon’

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

TechCrunch, one of the world’s top blogs, has been hacked.

At approximately 6:20am GMT the site was replaced with this message, linking to a site containing links to adult and pirated material:

As far as we can tell at this point, the site was not infected with malware. If that is confirmed then we should all be grateful, as TechCrunch is tremendously popular with those interested in technology.

At the time of writing the website appears to be, at least partially, back under the control of its technical staff who have replaced the site with one tiny message saying: “We’ll be back soon”.

Presumably the team want to double-check that their systems are now properly secured before bringing the entire site back online.

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. That’s when the site will be expecting a large amount of traffic as millions of people around the world look…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.