Blogrolling Site Hacked By Islamists

by 1389 on October 8, 2008

in 1389 (blog admin), blogging,, e-jihad, security, tech tips

An unpleasant surprise

Earlier today, I accessed Blogrolling to add some entries to “1389’s Links.” This list appears in the 1389 Blog sidebar, and it offers a whole variety of links to sites that I find interesting, informative, or entertaining, and that readers might like to see also.

This is what came up:

Screenshot of Blogrolling site (hacked)

Needless to say, I made no effort to contact

What is Blogrolling anyway?

How you can use it

Many bloggers and blog readers have seen lists of links to other blogs that are hosted and maintained through a service called Blogrolling. This service offers a home page that lets you open an account, set up and populate your own blogrolls and link lists, and generate Javascript code to display the link lists on your blog or website. You can distribute this Javascript code so that others can display shared blogrolls on their sites. For example, 1389 Blog maintains a shared blogroll for the Stop Blog Censorship campaign, which you can see in the sidebar.

Advantages and disadvantages

Blogrolling has its advantages and disadvantages, but overall, I’m a big fan of it, because of its convenience, stability, and ease of use. It has features for sorting blogrolls by most recent blog update, for searching blogrolls, for finding out who has blogrolled you, and for backing up blogroll links. On the other hand, because Blogrolling uses Javascript to build the link lists for display on your page, Google will not index the the links, and will not use the links to raise the page rank of the blogs on the list. And if you put too many blogrolls on the same page, it will introduce delays in loading the page, especially for readers without broadband service. That is why most of our blogrolls have been moved to the Links resource page.

Why would anybody hack Blogrolling?

That’s a good question.

Blogrolling is simply a hosting service for link lists, open to both commercial and noncommercial sites. To the best of my knowledge, Blogrolling takes no political, religious, or ideological stance.

Yes, it’s true that some conservative, antijihadist, pro-Christian, and pro-Jewish blogs and blog groups use Blogrolling – to name a few: Center for Vigilant Freedom, Bear Flag League, The Hillbilly Ecosystem, Screw the UN, International Zionist Web, The Tennessee ConserVOLiance, Christian Blogosphere, Right Truth, and the Crescent of Betrayal Blogburst.

So is that why the Blogrolling site was hacked? Most unlikely! Not only are there plenty of sites on Blogrolling that hold views that oppose ours, but also, it is clear that the vast majority of sites that use Blogrolling are commercial blogs that express no particular point of view either for or against the Islamist agenda.

So what would be the point of hacking Blogrolling?

Maybe there was no real point, or at least no point that would make any sense. Maybe the miscreant(s) were motivated simply by a desire to prove that they have the ability to make nuisances of themselves by interfering with a site that many people use. To be sure, that’s not much of an accomplishment. It takes a lot less talent and ability to break in and mess up a web page than it takes to create and run a good site. Blogrolling will most likely notify the authorities and then get their site up and running again with enhanced security. And what will people think who happen to see the hacked site? They’ll most likely be inclined to feel more negatively toward jihadism, Islam, and Muslims in general than they already do.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 UNiHacker October 9, 2008 at 5:31 am

6:26 am EST and blogrolling is still down. I am guessing the hackers used some sort of SQL Injection method.,56.0.html

2 1389 October 9, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Oct. 9, 2008, 1:11 PM EST: Blogrolling is up and running.


3 Renegade Eye October 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Why Blogrolling to hijack?

4 George Hari Popescu October 9, 2008 at 5:33 pm

And now the website is gone for good. Thanks and good luck, Blogrolling!

5 Renegade Eye October 9, 2008 at 6:43 pm

It is down now.

Maybe a teenager?

6 David M October 10, 2008 at 5:12 am

You might want to check again…I still can not access blogrolling.

7 Lady Predator November 8, 2008 at 4:53 am

It seems Islamic hackers have also hacked the California Catholic Daily

8 Nick March 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) and Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) yesterday called on U.S. Internet companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! to give the world a day of censorship-free Internet search and blogging, in recognition of World Day Against Cyber Censorship, March 12.

In other words, we’re seeing if Internet companies are willing to give the world a free trial of freedom of expression.

Did anything change today? I guess not…

9 Flug USA March 18, 2009 at 7:47 am

That’s kind of scary… What’s the use of hacking blogrolling??

“And what will people think who happen to see the hacked site? They’ll most likely be inclined to feel more negatively toward jihadism, Islam, and Muslims in general than they already do.”

So true…

10 American Poker Novoline December 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

I saw that pretty often in the last past months. Most of the time it was a hack by a group called Yslami- GH or something like that

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