Massive hacking attack against our seocontest2008’s page

Special news from the french SEO Sphere Forum ! Public announcement from Fred (« Le Portail du Web »’s editor) !

« Well it finally happened. The Big One ! Our seocontest2008’s website escaped a massive hacking attack. As far as we know, it was a coordinated hacking attempted to destroy our ranking in Google.

This attack was mounted by several different hacker groups. It was a coordinated, funded attack. It was coordinated and probably funded by one of the participant of the contest. And, as we know, these guys are also closely tied to what’s left of globalwarmingawarness2007 splintered sites. How many people were behind the attack, we don’t know. Most importantly, we have no idea what they intend to actually *do*, but we think they tried to blacklist our site and get us out of the seocontest2008 contest. We think this SEO contest is taking a completely unprecedented step. We just cannot go on this way, it was just a friendly contest ! Now we consider it as a war. We think we know who the hacker is, even if he is denying any connection with the attack. What we can say, is that all the SEO Sphere Forum’s members are currently coordinating efforts to identify the responsables of this massive attack against our seocontest2008 website. The attack slows but fails to bring down our seocontest2008. We are still in the competition, and we want to win. »


  1. admin said,

    March 2, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

    Yep this is not nice and not “fair-play”, this guy should be scared now, because seocontest2008 sphere team will kick his arse !

  2. 2k said,

    March 2, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

    Everbody knows that a seo contest is very dangerous…

  3. Le Portail du Web said,

    March 2, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    I think I’ve already resigned myself to the fact that I’m most likely not gonna identify the hacker…. That’s OK… Our seocontest2008 is still alive. Who knows, maybe someone will post up a detailed report or something about this son of the b… so we can at least know what happened. Though I’m still a bit pissed about the attack, even if I’ve kept thinking about it the entire weekend, I mean really, we the FRENCH TEAM can go forward and win this contest. Why can’t we ever be one of the ‘lucky ones’ and be the first french SEO to win an international SEO contest ?

  4. diese said,

    March 2, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

    bad trip…

    Do you know if the culprit is one of the top 3 ranking seocontest2008 ?

  5. Loki said,

    March 2, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

    I really like Massive Attack. That’s a shame that Mushroom left the group in 1998.

  6. Cidifie said,

    March 3, 2008 @ 1:23 am

    OmG, may the culprit pay his lame!
    I hope our rivals will be more fair-play…

  7. zepo said,

    March 3, 2008 @ 1:59 am

    Now you’ll be the winner !

  8. bertimus said,

    March 3, 2008 @ 5:26 am

    Well, this is a so bad news for you 🙁

    Hope you’ll kick ass to the team who tried to attack your website.

    Therefore, best to you in the SeoContest2008 😉

  9. Pogung177 said,

    March 3, 2008 @ 10:22 am

    I hope this becoming war across country. SEO is Peace, Our weapon only our website and SEO skill. Everybody don’t want each competitor kill each other even though some contestants bring and support by their country.

  10. admin said,

    March 3, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

    Yep you’re right Pogung177, hope this will not happen again in seocontest2008 🙂

  11. said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 12:23 am

    This is pretty bad! I have also noticed several unusual things when i was checking the server logs, but i am not disclosing that now. I have used Bagi’s script to ban almost 1000 IP’s and that helps me a lot.

    I believe you need not to worry as you are still in contest and who knows this site wins. it’s all depends how Google reacts.

    Best of luck!

  12. locust said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 12:27 am

    Negative seo is still seo isn’t it 🙂

  13. Actualités SEO said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 1:35 am

    Concours SEO : Gentlemen needed….

    The site of the French team would have been victim of a large and coordinated attack….

  14. Yudhi Suhendro said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 2:58 am

    I am sorry to hear that. It’s not fair. this contest just for proving the SEO ability. not for proving the hacking

  15. Pastel said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 5:11 am

    Common guys ! Whatever you do, the is going to win that bloody seocontest2008 ! Froggies are not afraid of fucking Roastbeefs, we just eat them … yeap !
    Pardon me my lord, but i thought all brits were fairplay gentlemen. This p.m. i gonna call my good Yankee friend Matt and tell him all the bad ideas you have had to prevent the Sphere team to win this SEOCONTEST2008!

  16. Gnome said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    Bad action !

    For punishment, I release links…

  17. seocontest2008 said,

    March 6, 2008 @ 12:14 am

    ur doing great on the contest.. hehehehe 😀 and your rank is stable.. whew! 😀

  18. Gary V said,

    March 12, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    I have been following the culprit of this attack. Read my latest post and let us compare notes. 🙂

  19. Resepi said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    Wow, amazing how people react with each other in a contest :)..keep up your good work guys..

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