Hackers Take Down Pam's House Blend And Other Liberal Blogs
Someone claiming to be from the Asta La Vista hacking group has taken down Pam House's Blend and several other liberal blogs. Via Pam: "I just found out Soapblox.net, the service that hosts many of the state blogs, has been hacked. Pam's House Blend, RadicalRuss.net, American Liberalism, BeThink.org are some of the sites affected. I haven't gone down the whole Soapblox blogroll yet, so far it seems the state blogs were not affected; I assume the hack is restricted to only one server."
Soapblox is also the host for 50 state Democratic activist blogs such as Blue Jersey and Blue Hampshire.
Anybody know anything about Asta La Vista?
UPDATE: It gets much worse. According to this Daily Kos diary, the hack may have permanently closed Soapblox.
Fucking hell. Let's hope Pam Spaulding can restore her five years of content.
(+) SoapBlox is Dead
January 07, 2009 at 08:15:46 MST
It was a good ride, but it's over.
Thanks for all the fish.
All these hackers messing with our stuff, and we here at SoapBlox have no clue what to do. We don't have enough knowledge, time, money, or care to fix it.
So I hope the Hackers are happy.
If you want the data from your blog, we will get it. But we are not going to try and restore anything.
Consider this the "We're Out of Business" post.
Most of the servers have been taken off line because they were being used to hack and exploit other websites. The hackers install this crap on servers after they get in. SoapBlox's ISP then takes the servers off line.
We do not know when they will come back online.
We do not know if they will come back online.
UPDATE II: Pam is back up at the moment, but she doesn't know for how long. She's trying to transfer all her content to another platform, but doesn't have FTP access to Soapblox yet. What a mess. That message from Soapblox has a lot of progressive bloggers pulling their hair out right now.