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(From the diaries. Add any information you can, people, so we can get a grip on the problem. SusanG)

Let me state right off the bat that I'm not a techie, so I don't know how much I can contribute to my own diary in the thread, but there's a major meltdown going on right now at Soapblox, and this seems like the best-suited site for public information gathering.

Sometime this morning Soapblox was hacked. But that's not the disturbing part.  The disturbing part is this new post from pacified:

(+)   SoapBlox is Dead
by: pacified
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January 07, 2009 at 08:15:46 MST
It was a good ride, but it's over.

Thanks for all the fish.

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.

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.

We do not know when they will come back online.

We do not know if they will come back online.

A number of sites are out, including (please add ones in the thread and I will update:

Blue Hampshire
Blue Jersey
Blue Mass Group
MN Campaign Report
My Left Wing (site loads w/o diaries)
Never in our Names
Pam's House Blend
Swing State Project
West Michigan Rising

Thoughts?

And ideas on community style blogging platforms in case soapblox is dead for good?  There are thousands and thousands of people who are on soapblox every day, and not just with the 50 state progressive blog list.  This is not a minor concern.

Update: For an explanation about why this issue is so devastating, check out Why SoapBlox Matters by jnbr51. --SusanG

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 08:44 AM PST.

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