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Ben Smith's Blog: An attack on the blogosphere -
by Neoteric at 3:32 pm EST, Jan 7, 2009

The last post on the Soapblox homepage reads:

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.

The attack is a reminder of how little redundancy there is in big portions of the rapidly-expanding Internet, and how fragile the systems that manage content can be.

my favorite post from the soapblox site is this:

Please pay your bills
by: pacified
December 28, 2008 at 22:21:14 MST
50% of you NEVER pay your bills on time. Half of you must figure "might as well not pay my bill".

How am I supposed to provide this service if you folks never pay your bills?

If your site is more then 2 months behind when I do billing in January your site is going to be SHUT DOWN and all the data destroyed.

I provide you with 100% uptime, an awesome blog framework, and have been nice to let you keep running your sites when you haven't paid for 2 months, three months.

Well, so long Mr. Nice Guy. After four years of dealing with this nonsense, and having to track which of you are unable to keep your end of the agreement, a line has to be drawn.

This is your warning.

apperently someone took the threat seriously.


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