Many Cybercriminals Hack/Deface International Homepages of Google, Yahoo, MSN

As of recent problems lighting up with PKNIC vulnerability (PKNIC is the Pakistani (.PK) domain name registry), allowed hackers from Turkey to hack into the Pakistani versions of Google, Yahoo, and MSN, plus nearly 300 other webpages. The Turkish hackers also defaced the Pakistani Google homepage. Now, if that isn’t bad enough, an Algerian hacker decides to deface Google and Yahoo in the Romanian versions.

For the Pakistani .PK domain registry, a vulnerability in SQL could allow for injection to exploit it. Therefore, that’s exactly what happened when Turkish hackers hacked into somewhere near 300 .PK domains and defaced at least Google’s .PK site, and maybe a few others. Apparently, during this even, some users were redirected to a webpage showing two penguins and the slogan “Pakistan Downed”.

Defacement pages of Google/Yahoo

Screenshot of Romanian defacement page for Google & Yahoo

For the defacement of the Romanian versions of Google and Yahoo (.RO), an Algerian hacker changed the DNS records of those search pages for the sites to a recently hacked server in the Netherlands. It is likely changed DNS records, or some have stated a DNS poisoning attack is also possible.

It is contested on whether the same hacker(s) did both jobs, or if this was two different parties that coincidentally did the same type of work at the same time.

Due to the (once again) uprising of conflict in the Middle East, newer digital attacks are likely, also. It is no surprise to see these issues light up again.

If the attackers had other malicious intents, these hacks could have been worse!

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