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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.


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