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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., 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 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 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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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.


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?

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