DNS hack hits popular websites: Daily Telegraph, The Register, UPS, etc

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Popular websites including The Register, The Daily Telegraph, UPS, and others have fallen victim to a DNS hack that has resulted in visitors being redirected to third-party webpages.

Web security tester Paul Mutton managed to capture a screenshot of what visitors to The Register saw:

Part of the message reads:

TurkGuvengligi

“Gel Babana”

HACKED

“h4ck1n9 is not a cr1m3”

“4 Sept. We TurkGuvenligi declare this day as World Hackers Day – Have fun ;) h4ck y0u”

The phrase “Gel Babana” is Turkish for “Come to Papa”, and “Guvenligi” is Turkish for “Security”.

Further websites which have been affected by the DNS hack include National Geographic, BetFair, Vodafone and Acer.

It’s important to note that the websites themselves have *not* been hacked, although to web visitors there is little difference in what they experience – a…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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