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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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