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Hackers Attack MacRumors Macworld Keynote Coverage

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Hackers Tuesday forced MacRumors to halt its live-blogging coverage of Apple marketing exec Phil Schiller’s keynote speech at Macworld Expo. The hack hit MacRumorsLive.com, a domain created for commenting on the annual San Francisco, Calif. Mac-focused tradeshow.

Interspersed with live updates about news of iPhoto upgrades were offensive messages, including one declaring Apple CEO “Steve Jobs just died.”

In a statement posted about an hour after Macworld Expo opening, the site’s founder Arnold Kim apologized to readers for the attack.


The source of the attack is unclear, although some evidence appeared to point to a group known as 4Chan. The phrase “4CHAN FTW” (“for the win”) was often part of the hacked blogging messages, according to CNET‘s Caroline McCarthy.

McCarthy cited a Twitter user, writing “4Chan members had been circulating MacRumors passwords” Monday night prior to the keynote.

Another group called Myg0t, may also have been involved, according to the report.

The cost of the hack may go beyond embarrassment to lost advertising revenue.

10 responses to “Hackers Attack MacRumors Macworld Keynote Coverage”

  1. Matias says:

    I witnessed the attack, since I was reading MacRumorsLive.com (always great coverage). It was a shame, and I hope those A.H. get what they deserve. LONG LIVE MACRUMORS!!! All my support Arnold!

  2. boris-J says:

    I noticed the following line in the CNET article:

    “The 4Chan skulduggery appears to have first been noticed by Twitter users and independent blogs like Topherchris.com, which took the screenshot above.”

    Really? Twitter users, eh? Actually, I noticed it at the time. I just don’t use Twitter because IT’S STUPID

  3. bill says:

    4chan’s IRC room was virtually silent durring the blitz.

    However, XKCD’s IRC room was livid with comments regarding the blitz as well as the admin login URL.

    From the discussion, it seemed that MacRumors failed to set the correct permissions on their bloging software thus allowing anyone with moderate familiarity to gain access.

  4. nickux says:

    I saw the hacks live as they occurred. I did a few double-takes and quickly caught on to what was happening. Such a shame

  5. Andrew DK says:

    I saw it happen in real time. It was funny as hell.