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Truly F’d in Park Slope! Someone took over popular website — and turned it into a porn site

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F—ked in Park Slope just got f—ked!

Someone has hijacked one of the neighborhood’s most popular (and most ascerbic) blogs, replacing the site’s main page with an advertisement for pornography.

Details are sketchy — the blog’s founder, Erica Reitman, has so far been unreachable — and there’s no way to access the old site, which featured raucous commentary about life in the Slope.

But this Interweb takeover was completely legal — Reitman’s lease on the domain name fuckedinparkslope expired today, and someone bought the website out from under her.

“Someone probably saw that the domain was almost expired — they’re called ‘domain squatters,’ ” said Greenpoint web developer John McKinney. “[Squatters] can do two things with a domain. If someone forgot to renew it, he can hold it for ransom and sell it back. If the person doesn’t want it anymore, then they just scored a domain with some history.”

Worse, it’s nearly impossible to find out who the hijacker is, and he or she probably only paid about $10 for the website at the instant that it expired.

McKinney noted that the pornography on the current site is probably an automatic placeholder, generated by another computer because of the dirty language in the domain name.

For now, Reitman is working on getting the site back and is relaying messages to her readers on her Twitter page.

“I’m freaking the f—k out right now,” she wrote at about 4:30 pm, adding, “It wasn’t a hackerm but we’re working on fixin’ it, pronto!”

She also set up a temporary site that mirrors her defunct blog at fuckedinparkslope.squarespace.com.

Such ’Net hijinks happen all the time, even to big Coney Island landowners. Last year, Joe Sitt’s website, thefutureofconeyisland.com, was hijacked and redirected to the indispensible Belgium-based porn site, sexeporno1.com.

Sitt had let the site lapse like Reitman — though it’s unclear whether Reitman let it go on purpose or not.

The greatest example of cyber squatting was two years ago, when former President George W. Bush’s archives website, georgewbushlibrary.com, expired, and a group of domain squatters bought it for $10 — then sold it back to the Bushies for $35,000.

Updated 9:24 am, October 28, 2010: Includes new comment from Reitman.
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Porn In Park Slope? from Shocking says:
Probably a bike lane supporter!
Oct. 27, 2010, 5:14 pm
Porn in Park Slope> from Shocking says:
On second thought, I realize there are a lot of humorless people out there. THE ABOVE POSTING WAS A JOKE.
Oct. 27, 2010, 5:16 pm
Stacey from Downtown says:
I guess that's what you get for using a dirty word for a blog. They got f**ked.
Oct. 27, 2010, 6:10 pm
Former Effed Reader from South Slope says:
Ms. Reitman's commentary is almost as lame as her domain registering skills.
Oct. 27, 2010, 6:26 pm
not shocked from brooklyn says:
at first I thought this was a joke, but was afraid to click on the effed website for fear of getting a trojan. it's true the website name is a good one for a porn site. is this poetic justice?
Oct. 27, 2010, 8:45 pm
Publius says:
Someone should do the same to the Brooklyn Paper.
Oct. 27, 2010, 9:33 pm
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
And of course the Goishes at the BP still link to the site on the right hand rail.
Boobs.
Oct. 27, 2010, 11:27 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Actually, the new site is a lot more interesting, and the absence of hyper-annoying smugness is a breath of fresh air.
Oct. 27, 2010, 11:42 pm
Domain Guy from PS says:
I realize asking the Brooklyn Paper to do real reporter is a fool's errand, but John McKinnery should know better. Most domain registrars allow for a grace period. Erica will have a chance to renew her domain name, and hopefully she'll learn not to let her registration lapse next time.
Oct. 28, 2010, 12:01 am
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Lazy reporting from the Birdcage Paper.
Of course the REAL FIPS is found here:
http://——edinparkslope.squarespace.com/
Oct. 28, 2010, 1:43 am
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Of course, fill in the dashes with the real Anglo-Saxon word that rhymes with duck or puck. Schmuck!
Oct. 28, 2010, 1:45 am
lechacal from park slope says:
Yeah I saw this yesterday..... and now there is a nice clear record of my accessing a porn site from my work computer. Awesome.
Oct. 28, 2010, 9:21 am
em from park slope says:
I love ——ed in park slope. why did they wait so long to reregister the domain? you have ample time to do it. bummer.
Oct. 28, 2010, 11:23 am
jmckinney from greenpoint says:
Domain Guy: sure there is a grace period when your domain lapses, but the page that was put up was not that. During the grace period, your DNS remains intact (at least the name servers) and your registrar will likely temporarily redirect all of your A Records to some kind of "hey your domain expired" page. so if that were the case, we would see like "NetSol says Hey Renew your domain!" or something along those lines -- or the site would just still be up and the registrant would get a bunch of emails/phone calls.

The page in its place now is an autogenerated squatters page that is used to persist SEO value on a domain that has been picked off. If you do a WHOIS search, you'll see the registration terms were picked up by someone anonymous within the last few days, and it has been registered into next year. Sorry, but they arent getting that one back easily.
Oct. 28, 2010, 11:56 am
the devil from Carroll Gardens says:
Stupid blog...

but now I look forward to visiting "T*tf*cked in Park Slope"
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:08 pm
John from Park Slope says:
They're Back Up Baby! Can't Keep FIPS Down!
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:50 pm

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