Breaking News: TechCrunch.com Hacked!

TechCrunch.com, the worlds most popular blog on technology has been hacked! It is showing weird messages on the Homepage..
techcrunch_rapidshare_downloads_message
First it showed the message using a link as “rapidshare downloads” which was redirecting to a different website. After 3 minuted the message changes and it was showing showing a “Hi” message.
techcrunch _hi_hacked
Now it changed again and it is showing “We’ll be back shortly”.
techcruch _hacked_back_shortly
The Techcrunch Owners and bloggers should take some step very soon. It does not appear to be a DNS hijack as all the DNS servers are showing proper values. It appears to be a server hijacking. Just my guess.

Update: TechCrunch is Back on Track!

Update: TechCrunch got hacked again. Appears to be a recurring hack! “We’ll be back shortly” message is shown again!

Update: Also a weird message is shown on one of its post! Check the following screenshot:
techcrunch_useless_fucking _hack

Update: TechCrunch is up again! But some of the post pages are not opening.

Update: Every link is working now!

Update: TechCrunch has not recovered completely! The About Page shows a funny message. Check the ScreenShot.
about_techcrunch_hack

Update: Now most of the Static pages are showing 404 errors! and the Home page is showing the the earlier “We’ll be back shortly” message!

Update: All the Static pages as well as the Post pages along with the Home Page are showing the Same message! “We’ll be back shortly”

Update: A message is posted on every page saying:
“Earlier tonight techcrunch.com was compromised by a security exploit.
We’re working to identify the exploit and will bring the site back online shortly.”
techcrunch_security_exploit

Update: Techcrunch is back and all the pages are loading properly. I hope this will be the last update!

  • ksbnok

    Oh man! It was historic a website getting millions of visitors each day is hacked…. now wordpress has to again review its security issues n close the specific loop hole that caused this….

  • http://www.ByteChip.com Ramkumar

    Is TechCrunch using WordPress platform for their blogging, I thought they have made a personal platform for them, as far as best of my knowledge they are not using WordPress.

  • http://www.techfreakstuff.com Rohit Sane

    @RamKumar: Its wordpress platform!

  • http://www.mostlyblog.com MostlyBlog

    yes it’s working now

  • http://www.jimmyburnett.com Jimmy Burnett

    TechCrunch getting hacked isn’t really big news. In fact websites getting hacked is so common now everyone is used to it. You just expect to get hacked… :-)

  • http://agentdeepak.com/ Agent Deepak

    Huh! No one is secure.

  • Steven Briggs

    You missed one of the screens…I’ve put it up for your viewing pleasure.

    http://hyperfocused.com/techcrunch_hacked.png

    My screenshot shows a specific URL, but I saw this page on the main page as well.

  • http://www.king.net EM @ KING.NET

    Thanks for sharing your timely update.

    I also mentioned your blog to my blog regarding this post.
    http://www.king.net/2010/01/techcrunchcom-hacked.html

    Cheers,
    EM

  • http://www.technoskillonline.com sudharsan @ technoskillonline

    YA
    its good to hear that it is back again

  • http://www.technicstoday.com/ Anish K.S

    Shocking news :(, its my favorite blog

  • http://www.useget.com Lee | UseGet

    That’s really scary. I faced the same problem last month as my blog got hacked by France hacker but managed to recover again. Be careful of hackers.

  • http://blinkky.com blinkky

    I see many sites got hacked these days…

  • http://www.letstalkrelations.com Ruchi

    That’s really bad news. But glad it is back again. We all need a poewrful security tool for WP, every now and then I came across hacking news. :(

  • http://www.detroitcadillacdealers.com Beth

    Wow this sucks… kinda ironic though; one of the most popular tech blogs is hacked…
    I mean, aren’t tech people suppose to be keen on this kind of thing?

  • http://www.hellboundbloggers.com/about/ S.Pradeep Kumar

    Man.. online world is really not secure.. I’m really worried about my blog and social media accounts.. ! :(

  • http://www.techhamlet.com Pubudu Kodikara

    If some one can hack a big site like TechCrunch….. what about us???? better be careful…. thanks for the news bro!

  • http://www.techfreakstuff.com Rohit Sane

    Its a chock that such a great and popular website can get hacked too…But we must stay as much secure as possible and try our best to avoid such a calamity.

  • http://www.rajeshpatel.net rajesh

    As the popularity of and website increased the chances of getting hacked also increased.

  • http://www.ratecomb.com/ anil

    That’s really scary. I faced the same problem last month as my blog got hacked by France hacker but managed to recover again