Matt Cutts’ Hacked Blog

Wow, Matt got me good with his hacked blog.

April Fool’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year… it’s almost like Christmas to me. I’m pretty good at detecting pranks, and since I am aware of the day, I am especially more wary of anything I read. Heck, I used to be the perpetrator of said hoaxes when I was a writer in my high school newspaper.

That’s why I must give props to a prank that totally fooled me.

What happened

Matt’s blog is one of the feeds in my Google Personalized Homepage. I saw that he had a new post called “Site acting weird” so I clicked on it to check it out. I saw this in place of his blog:

This site have been hacked by
Dark SEO Team.nous sommes le proprietaire de toi

Shoutz to Dan “the man”, the 302 hijack t33m, NYC SEO gang, Linusx,
pentazilla, daxster, boogybonmot, Earl+Duke, davenator, cRWc, monkeyboy, the canadian crew::J&T,
spamhuntress, LB, jb, NW, -eng, U(r|d)(s|i), L/S, Z-man, scbl, RandomFish, huZZah, chivesmack,
Shchoeoe+npMMo, lejackalgris, theGUY to GoTo, phenssen, Romanian Brothers and all the FORUMS!!

In BLACK SEO’in We TrUsT!!!

.:: Dark SEO Team ::.

I thought it was odd that blackhats would give a shoutout to spamhuntress, but to each his own.

I was curious what Matt’s last post was and got it from the feed:

My site has been acting a little slow and weird today. I checked my logs, and I’m seeing a lot of GET requests causing strange errors. Most of the requests have escaped Unicode characters, but they don’t appear valid. Sorry that the site is kinda slow; I’m going to be away from the computer until around late Monday, so I don’t have time to check it now, but I’ll try to track it down when I get back.

The “strangeness” he noted seemed to be the harbinger of a hack so it only convinced me more that that was what happened to his blog. I was going to email him but then figured he would be inundated with emails from a bunch of people about it anyway.

Later, I was chatting with a friend and thought it bizarre that his response to me telling him Matt’s blog got hacked, was “awesome”. I thought it was a case of one of those wrong window chats. He then pointed out that it was probably an April Fool’s joke. Then things made sense. That’s why there was a reference to spamhuntress. And I thought that RandomFish had something to do with Randfish, which was an allusion that didn’t seem to make sense from a hacker. In the context of this being Matt’s doing instead of hackers, I can recognize references that a hacker could not have come up with.

Finally, I should have been more suspicious when he said he would be away from his computer until late Monday. A Googler away from a computer for more than 48 hours, including a whole work day? I should have known better. :)

Thanks to my buddy for saving me from embarrassment! Of course, I’m blogging about it so I’m sharing my foolishness anyway. It’s still less embarrassing than telling Matt about his hacked blog!

Note: I added the nofollow code to the dark seo link.

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