TechCrunch hacked twice in 24 hours

Technology website TechCrunch has been hacked for the second time in 24 hours.

The website, which is back up and running for a second time, said the...

Technology website TechCrunch has been hacked for the second time in 24 hours.

The website, which is back up and running for a second time, said the main site in the TechCrunch Network - techcrunch.com - was hacked and redirected on late on Monday, was up briefly half an hour later, but went down again.

"The site is back up and appears to be stable. At this point we are still gathering information on how the site was compromised and will update this post with additional information," a posting on the website said.

According to Graham Cluely, technology consultant at Sophos, the site was replaced with a message linking to a site containing links to adult material on the first occasion and on the second occasion visitors were greeted by an offensive message directed at site founder Michael Arrington.

The message also once again directs web surfers to a website hosting links to hardcore file-sharing torrents, Cluely said in a blog post.

"You can't help but conclude that someone has a personal vendetta against the site. Which will keep TechCrunch on its toes in the coming hours, especially as the uber-hot story of the imminent new Apple tablet computer is scheduled to be announced to the world by Steve Jobs later today," said Cluely.

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