New Zealand websites hijacked

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Turkish hackers have managed to break into New Zealand domain registrar Domainz.net, redirecting unsuspecting surfers to defaced versions of popular websites by changing DNS records.

Websites such as www.hsbc.co.nz, www.sony.co.nz, coca-cola.co.nz, www.xerox.co.nz, www.msn.co.nz, www.microsoft.co.nz and hotmail.co.nz as well as security vendors www.f-secure.co.nz and www.bitdefender.co.nz had their traffic redirected to third party servers containing a defaced page after hackers took advantage of an SQL Injection attack.

In the case of the Microsoft site, the usual webpage was replaced with an image of Bill Gates being on the receiving end of a custard pie. (Funnily enough, this isn’t the first time the image has been used by hackers.)

The hackers responsible for the attack…

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.