Ronaldinho website Jar Jar Binks hack should be a warning to others

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Here’s what the website of Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho normally looks like:

And here’s what it looked like for a few hours on Saturday after a hacker defaced it with images of Star Wars hate figure Jar Jar Binks and Osama bin Laden.

The footballer’s website was attacked by a hacker calling himself “Terrorist MC”, who wrote a number of messages in Arabic alongside a claim in English that he would not stop hacking:

Im muslim For ever , I love Oussama ben laden
I dont Stop The Hacking, F*** Obama F*** America

Quite what Ronaldinho has done to anger a hacker enough to compare him to Jar Jar Binks is beyond me.

But there’s a serious message here. Whether you’re a big corporation, a small business or an individual, you need to protect your web presence or risk having hackers plant malware, spam pages or a mischievous message on your site.

Fortunately it looks like the attack against Ronaldinho’s website was more akin to electronic…

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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