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Official Google Blog: Hacked?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 28-Mar-2006 18:24

There you go... An Austin, TX, student (or so he identified himslef) decided to visit the official Google Blog, and received a 404. Thinking that this message means "no user here with this name", he registered "googleblog", and next thing you know... A new Google Blog owner!

I noticed this when reading through my Newsgator subscription and found this:



Of course since then Google has fixed this - the original "hacked" page is now a screenshot on flickr.

By the time I found about this I noticed a few entries on popular link sites, such as Digg.

The Google Blog is now back, and a notice posted by the administrators says "[it] was unavailable for a short time tonight. We quickly learned from our initial investigation that there was no systemwide vulnerability for Blogger. We'll let you know more about what did happen once we finish looking into it."

The blog was mistakenly deleted, which allowed the blog address to be temporarily claimed by another user. The official Google Blog says this was not a hack, and nobody guessed their password. Simply bad operations.



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