Thursday, July 21, 2005

Blog Terrorism: Xiaxue Hacked

So anyway, the terrible news today was that Xiaxue's blog was hacked and entries and thousands of her email were deleted from her email account. Now, Streetdirectory.com.sg was also hacked yesterday, but somehow I don't feel much sympathy for them. But Xiaxue's different. There's so much material inside, in the form of personal diaries, that it's a personal space (and not merely a commercial website.) Even worse was that last Saturday, she explained at the library one reason why she started her blog was because the girlfriend of her old boyfriend threw away her paper diary. So by putting up her stuff online, no one would throw that away. According to CowboyCaleb, the bad guy will be caught. I'm researching how to backup blogspot entries, it doesn't seem entirely straightforward. The default instructions for doing Blogger backups aren't good enough; some variables need to be tweaked further... Update (!): Rather than use the default backup template that seems to be missing some things, I'm using the following. Substitude "[","]" with "<", ">". Have fun with template tags! Where's MyBloggerSQL when you need it?!
[Blogger] TITLE: [$BlogItemTitle$] [BlogDateHeader] DATE: [$BlogDateHeaderDate$] TIME: [$BlogItemDateTime$] [/BlogDateHeader] ----- BODY: [$BlogItemBody$] -------- [BlogItemCommentsEnabled] [BlogItemComments] COMMENT-AUTHOR:[$BlogCommentAuthor$] COMMENT-DATE:[$BlogCommentDateTime$] COMMENT-BODY:[$BlogCommentBody$] -------- [/BlogItemComments] [/BlogItemCommentsEnabled] [/Blogger]
Update (!!): Another blog, WonkyTong, was hacked yesterday, using the blogger's own computer, by her colleague. Truly bizarre and criminal. I was just saying to Angela, these folks probably don't feel a thing, there's no empathy...

3 comments:

Barffie said...

I thought this is possible too. Backing up the templates. =\

Ivan Chew said...

Ah, the price of being famous... (oh, now I remember you and your friend leaving the WRL auditorium, at the Inro to Blogging session!)

jeffyen said...

Yeah, we left early to attend the con. :)