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Popular Pokémon Web site struck by hijacking torment
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  • Wednesday, September 6, 2006

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Popular Pokémon Web site was thrown into chaos earlier this week, as an unknown individual gained access to the Yahoo! e-mail account of its Web master, Joe "Serebii" Merrick, and proceeded to hijack the domain and the forums.

Among other things, the domain has been redirected to numerous locations, including rival Pokémon Web sites, blogs of prominent figures in the online Pokémon fandom and hardcore pornography. At the time of writing, the domain currently links to an adult video hosted on YouTube.

While it appears that the crisis is largely over, with Merrick having regained control of most of his site, the issue of the domain name will likely not be solved for some time. Users can, however, access still through the direct IP link listed above.