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A screenshot of the defaced page.  (Source: ZDNet)
Vandals hijack Comcast’s DNS records, leaving users without webmail

Hackers claiming to be from the hacking group Kryogeniks broke into Comcast’s Network Solutions account Wednesday, redirecting Comcast subscribers to a blank white page with pink text.

Comcast.net, the company’s subscriber portal and webmail interface, was down for more than two hours while Comcast scrambled to fix its vandalized DNS entries. Numerous sources report WHOIS records for Comcast.net that spewed obscenities when queried.

Subscribers’ login and account details appear to be untouched, as the vandals did not actually break into Comcast’s servers – DNS records sent surfers to third-party hosting sites instead of someplace in the Comcast network. Regardless, a Comcast spokeswoman said the company is “looking into the matter.”

“There is still a lot of speculation about the details of this and why this happened,” said a Register reader that brought the hack to the website’s attention. “It appears there was no malicious codes or script being run but a lot of people are saying that ports were being ‘listened’ to which could have led to the compromising of username/passwords.”

TorrentFreak thinks that the attack might have something to do with Comcast’s unorthodox policy for BitTorrent “data discrimination,” which brought out considerable ire from the internet community when it was discovered last October.

Rumor has it that Comcast.net was hacked by the same group that broke into MySpace and web pages for popular celebrities Tila Tequila, Justin Timberlake, and Hilary Duff. Chris Boyd of malware research firm FaceTime Communications noted that the person who hacked the celebrities’ pages likely wanted to “impress others,” by placing shoutouts to Kryogenics on the hacked pages. Instead, said Boyd, Kryogenics’ host suspended its hosting account, shutting down the group’s forums.



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E-P3N15
By therealnickdanger on 5/30/2008 8:19:16 AM , Rating: 5
Clearly, these men are hung well.




RE: E-P3N15
By Regs on 5/30/2008 8:39:45 AM , Rating: 3
I picture an unkept finished basement in their grand mothers house.


RE: E-P3N15
By AlexWade on 5/30/08, Rating: -1
RE: E-P3N15
By Anosh on 5/30/2008 9:01:56 AM , Rating: 5
Unless those said nerd happen to come up with, lets say, google like ideas and become multi-something-illionaires.

Then you're left thinking perhaps you should get a bigger basement.


RE: E-P3N15
By nekobawt on 5/30/2008 11:38:40 AM , Rating: 5
Dang it, now I'm daydreaming of a subterannean mansion.


RE: E-P3N15
By Shawn5961 on 5/30/2008 1:38:10 PM , Rating: 5
To the Batcave!


RE: E-P3N15
By AstroCreep on 5/30/2008 8:37:30 PM , Rating: 2
Now, I could be wrong, but I think what you just said is sexual in nature.


RE: E-P3N15
By FITCamaro on 5/30/08, Rating: -1
RE: E-P3N15
By mindless1 on 6/1/2008 4:12:47 AM , Rating: 2
Did it ever occur to you that they might think you are the nerd for hanging out at a tech news site? I'm just saying, it's like pot calling kettle black, and yet, you even assume the group must not have any women in it?

Do you stereotype everything else to make it seem easier to understand too? Don't get me wrong, these supposed hackers seem like immature kids and for that reason they may be inexperience with women, but they may not be. We really don't know and that is a reason to refrain from stereotyping (anyone).


RE: E-P3N15
By Nyans on 5/30/2008 4:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ha! Check out the mastermind himself in this article:

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/05/comcast-h...


RE: E-P3N15
By MrBlastman on 5/30/2008 9:48:06 AM , Rating: 5
Are they accepting donations for their cause??? I find it very worthy. :)


RE: E-P3N15
By greylica on 5/30/2008 9:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
I think the support of them is a very good Idea.
Is there a flaw in Sandvine ?

:D


RE: E-P3N15
By Pythias on 5/30/2008 11:20:36 AM , Rating: 1
They will be when the FBI catches them.


RE: E-P3N15
By Ringold on 5/30/2008 4:10:23 PM , Rating: 3
FBI?

I'd be worried about John McClane.

I think 'Warlock' from the screenshot has already been paid a visit.


Typo
By ImmortalZ on 5/30/2008 8:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
"Justim Timberlake"?




RE: Typo
By FITCamaro on 5/30/2008 9:20:34 AM , Rating: 5
Do you actually care what his name is?


RE: Typo
By odessit740 on 5/30/2008 10:07:42 AM , Rating: 4
Apparently yes, yes he does.


RE: Typo
By 1078feba on 5/30/08, Rating: 0
Is anyone suprised?
By SiliconAddict on 5/30/2008 10:51:59 AM , Rating: 4
Shitcast's site, be it their .com or .net sites, are for complete and utter horse shit. I still have to remove my fucking router to pay my bill online (Can't do it from work either) because of some sort of bullshit flash setup they have. The billpay site hangs every time I go to the site on multiple computers on multiple browsers on multiple OS's. Doesn't matter. Sits there like a 'tard.
And don't get me started with their online storage\mail. They only allow you to store\send files of about 12-14MB in size. Never mind that I had a PDF to share with someone that was scanned and 20MB. Fuck comcast. Too bad they are the ONLY game in town unless I want to go dial up or get raped (price wise) with sat internet. Thank you FCC. Thank you for the bountiful internet ISP that are available. Competition in the market my ass.




RE: Is anyone suprised?
By 1078feba on 5/30/2008 11:20:29 AM , Rating: 4
I'd rate you up, but then apparently I couldn't post to tell you that I did.

A quality rant should never go unrewarded.


Eliteism to Script Kiddies
By LyCannon on 5/30/2008 11:22:44 AM , Rating: 4
*sigh* When did the ultra elite of the hackers and crackers come down to guessing a password and changing DNS records? I'd like some to see some old school hackers take on these kids and show them how it's really done. Then again, if such a thing happens, it won't be just for a publicity stunt, so perhaps everyone outside the community won't even know it happened...




http://forums.kryogeniks.org/
By ert on 5/30/2008 8:47:18 PM , Rating: 2
sorry to bust y'alls bubble, But It is still easy to access the website for Kryogeniks, using a number of workarounds, the easiest is Alexa. This group is way ahead of even the techies in the industry to shut down fast.. 2 days and still there, yup.




RE: http://forums.kryogeniks.org/
By ert on 5/30/2008 9:15:53 PM , Rating: 2
hahaha I Posted this comment on about 4 sites, and it took about an Hour before alexa shut down the access. The internet gods are hot on the trail haha.


Hi-Def hacking, denied!
By chmilz on 5/30/2008 2:02:00 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, the boys at Kryogeniks tried to completely hack Comcast's system, but after filtering out about 80% of the content of the hack, the DNS hack was all that was made available to the paying customer. Customers don't even get a good hack for their money these days.




Associated Press.
By JonnyDough on 5/31/2008 5:21:04 AM , Rating: 2
A White House spokesperson told a Wall Street Journal reporter that the hacking on Comcast was quote; "believed to be a terrorist attack."

Bush stated in a press release last week that any and all violent and non-violent terrorist attacks would not be tolerated, even going so far to say that evil would be rooted out, even if had to send troops into overly sweet mother's basements or tap internet lines.

Al Gore, the rumored inventor of the "internets" from which the alleged terrorists mounted their attack could not be reached for comment. It seems that while on a golf outing with Vice President Dick Cheney, he was mysteriously half beaten to death with a nine iron and has been hospitalized.

Almost President Al Gore's condition is expected to worsen as global warming increases.

~AP




RE: Associated Press.
By JonnyDough on 5/31/2008 5:29:58 AM , Rating: 1
I think it's kinda sad when you're auto-rated down one for naming the Vice President as he's commonly known. It is also my uncle's common name. What are we, 5? Can't DT add a filter allowance that lets you type in the name D. Cheney?


Awww shiiit
By BruceLeet on 5/30/2008 11:58:42 AM , Rating: 2
Ive never laughed so hard at the name of an article on dailytech, ever.

I swear I'll laugh every time I see it on my firefox rss bookmark list. I seriously broke into laughter, damn...made my day!




of all things...
By Screwballl on 5/30/2008 12:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
why couldn't they dig a layer or two deeper and completely deactivate the "data discrimination" software and show that it can be done quickly and easily without interrupting business... that would really put a kink in the lawsuit showing that Comcast is simply being thick-skulled and refusing to comply.
I work for an ISP, we have server based filtering but people sign up with us for that specific purpose. As a tech, I know we could simply deactivate the software across the board in a matter of 30 seconds. From the data I have seen, Comcast uses a similar or the same software so they could very well send a master server the command to have it deactivated across the board.




This is just for fun...
By The0ne on 5/30/2008 3:37:57 PM , Rating: 2
The hack, I believe, is more for fun than anything. This has happened in the past and nothings changed. They could possibly do much more damaged but maybe that wasn't the goal.

Recalling my past, 90% of the time I did things for fun and to see if my programming actually worked. 10% of the time it was malicious but always due to someone or a group being a jerk.

It's all fun if you take it that way :)




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