Blogjacking Storm Clouds

Dark clouds are gathering over the local blogosphere.

First there were "splog" attacks, pieces of spam left in the comments area of local blogs. That was kids’ stuff. Now it appears that at least two blogs in the western suburbs have become victims of a new, scarier menace: blogjacking.

As I went digging for more information, it became clear that this problem is just appearing on the outer edge of the blogosphere radar screen.

Stories of blogjackings are just now appearing on sites like Blogger Tips and Tricks ( and The Real Blogger Status (, and they’re not pretty. Bloggers are saying that not only have their blogs been hijacked, but that they are having a tough time getting them restored. Blog gurus are issuing advice like strengthening passwords to 15 mixed characters, but are also saying that they’re not sure exactly how the blogjackers are doing it, although password hacking seems to be a strong possibility.

What’s more, the attacks seem to be focused on Blogger, the nation’s largest blog network, which was bought by search giant Google a while ago and which has been a focus of splog attacks as well.

from the Boston Globe

Any other reports out there about this ugly development? Anyone have any idea how they are doing it?

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