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redirected and 401'd them
I took off all those 401 blocks and am just letting them 404 now
/article was one of the directories that I was "disallowing"
Now interesting, I did immediately disavow them in google, so maybe that saved my butt, but I've just realised that /article was one of the directories that I was "disallowing". So to Google spidering the links it found on the spammy seo site I could imagine that this looked pretty dodgy.
... kind of wondering whether to resubmit in google. Hm!
On another note, boy I wish there was a way I could report that hacked wordpress site to google, it's so obviously being used for nefarious purposes