LiveJournal: When the LJ abuse prevention team become the abusers, who will protect the LJ users?

Monday, March 06, 2006

#bantown, LiveJournal, and LJ Abuse

In January 2006, hacker members of #bantown claimed to have used javascript vulnerabilities in LiveJournal to hijack more than 900,000 of the 1,900,000 active LiveJournal accounts. In contrast, LiveJournal admitted to problems with "a couple hundred accounts."

In spite of the media coverage, from to Slashdot to InfoWorld, LiveJournal avoided telling users anywhere on the site that they had been successfully hacked.

Why did Bantown do this?

"In order for the account takeovers to end, Bantown demands that Denise Paolucci post on the front page LiveJournal news that LJ has been pwned by Bantown."

LJ employee Denise Paolucci's chief responsibility at LiveJournal is to head their abuse department, rife with unprofessional behavior.

You may not think that hacking is a good way to respond to LJ abuse's abuses, but maybe if they ever gave straight answers to straight questions they wouldn't make these guys so angry.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bantown was not angry. They did it for the lols.

2:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are people who supported them who were angry I can tell you that!

12:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who support us are not us.

2:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of bantown were angry. Some of bantown were furious. Some of batown still are.

12:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i enjoyed every minute of Bantown pwning LJ

7:52 PM


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