News hacked, all data lost

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At an undetermined time Sunday, the well-known Studio Ghibli fan-run web page known as "Ghiblink" or "" was hacked into, alegedly by a Russia-based cracking group, and destroyed all data on the site, including several newsgroups.

Although a motive is not known at this time (and those discussing the topic on various mailing lists and newsgroups are at a loss to come up with one), the Russian authorities have been contacted regarding the matter.

"Hopefully they will be punished for what they have done," says Jeremy Blackman, administrator of the site, in a public statement. He also notes that the site plans to rebuild itself, utilizing the archives, backups, and web browser caches of the site.

The computer hosted several web pages and anime-based domain names and web pages, including:

  • The Miyazaki web (old backups exist)
  • (BAKA!-Con - Seattle-area anime convention)
  • (
  • mailing list archives
  • [email protected] (backup exists)
  • [email protected]
  • [email protected]
  • [email protected]
  • [email protected]
  • listar*
  • baka*
  • [email protected]
  • - the ghiblink.* newsgroups
  • Team Ghiblink mailing list and archives ( maintenance project)
  • Team Eolo list, archives, and web ( translation project)
  • all public file (FTP) archives
  • Press Kit project mail and file archives and press contacts list (backup exists)
  • all user accounts
  • Jeremy's Listar mailing list project (backups exist)

    "If you have visited any of our web pages or downloaded any files from this site, please check your hard disk for copies of those web pages or files -- we can use them to rebuild the web server and FTP server," Blackman adds. In the statement, he pleas that those with copies of anything from e-mail a list of what files they have (as well as the directory path it came from) to [email protected] as soon as possible. " has chronicled news on Studio Ghibli for the past five years, and has been a primary source of material for Anime News Network. (Please note that this WILL have an effect on ANN stories regarding anything related to the studio.)

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