Blueprint Hijacked

A Russian hacker has taken control of Blueprint Ventures’ website, Partner Bart Schachter says. The hacker turned the firm’s website, www.blueprintventures.com into a link page for pornographic material.

The Blueprint partners have been unable to receive email since they lost their site over the weekend. “It’s a pain in the ass,” Schachter says. “It’s happening in Russia, so there’s no legislative or regulatory” monitoring of this activity.

The San Francisco-based firm responded by creating an adjacent Web-address: www.blueprintventure.com. You can reach the partners by directing email to (first name)@blueprintventure.com.

The team is working to negotiate a change of its DNS record with Register.com and hopes to have its original site back soon.

“It’s basically like identity theft, but URL theft,” Schachter says. He says the firm would be happy to consider financing a startup with a technological solution to the problem.