Several major blogs were in jeopardy after a Tuesday hack of their software provider had its owner ready to throw in the towel.
According to SoapBlox owner Paul Preston, the attack on its servers--which prompted SoapBlox's Internet service provider to shut it down--was connected to a shadowy group called Astalavista, which claimed credit for the attack in the site's altered source code.
"Consider this the 'We're Out of Business' post," Preston wrote on Wednesday morning. "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... It was a good ride, but it's over.
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