Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Google accidentally deletes its own blog... duh!

Google has admitted that it accidentally deleted its own blog. The Official Google Blog was unavailable for a period of time on Monday night (US time). Google initially thought it was a systemwide vulnerability for Blogger. From The Official Google Blog:
The Google Blog was unavailable for a short time tonight. We quickly learned from our initial investigation that there was no systemwide vulnerability for Blogger. We'll let you know more about what did happen once we finish looking into it.
There was a suspicion early on that the Google Blog was hacked and taken over by a blogger called lazykarma. Apparently, he found out while surfing the Google Blog that it was not registered so he decided to register it under a new username. From lazykarma:
Regarding Google's Official Blog, I didn't hack it. I did re-register the username when I noticed, due to a Blogger bug, it had been deleted. (It's not the first time I've done something big on Blogger.) I tried keeping it as Google-oriented as possible. Right before I got to another update, Google had regained control of it.
The latest statement from Google:
We've determined the cause of tonight's outage. The blog was mistakenly deleted by us (d'oh!) which allowed the blog address to be temporarily claimed by another user. This was not a hack, and nobody guessed our password. Our bad.
Update: Here's a screen capture of the Google Blog after it was taken over by lazykarma. (Thanks Tim)

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Anonymous said...

This is the dumbest thing anyone would do.

Anonymous said...

They must be drunk on Monday night when they deleted the blog by accident.

Anonymous said...

Heard there are a lot of free booze in Google. Hehehe.

Anonymous said...

How on earth is it possible for Google to delete its own blog?

Could it be that they are deleting some other Blogspot accounts and deleted theirs too?


Anonymous said...

Maybe they did it purposely to gain some publicity for their google blog.