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10/01/2006 01:15:00 PM | Jared Alessandroni

The Hack Site

Hacked!



Spammer Asshole

And this is the guy to thank.

(actually, it's his site, and a contest:)

This is the idea:

These are SEO hackers - think telemarketers and Spammers with degrees. Their goal is to get rank - SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization - in Google and other places by getting links to their sites. Google, for instance, bases rank on how many people's sites are linked to yours. So, if you hack, say, a vulnerable 'Blog like ours, you can put as many links to your own nefarious site as you want, and all our page-ranked goodness rubs off on you.



In this case, the contest is actually encouraging black-hat (the kind of shouldhavediedinthelockertheywerestuffedininmiddleschool jerks who do this actually define their levels of badness in D&D/Wizard fantasy terms - no joke) tactics. Black-hat means they can do anything they need to - including, obviously, hacking.

Note that I did NOT type out the link to their site - doing so would, yes, help them with their page rank. However, as a nice, non-hacker, I didn't do any damage to their site. Instead, I notified everyone from Blogger to Google. If I find no resolution within two days, we'll see.

If you come back here and you see, well, not us, alert me and I'll set us back up. In general, if you post here, make sure your password is secure! And if you get phishing in your email, SPAM, or see a hacked site, spend the 20 minutes it takes to track down the source and give them Hell.



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