Thursday, May 29, 2008

Comcast Homepage Hacked

Marguerite Reardon writes on the C|Net News Blog:

Comcast's Web portal has been hacked, leaving some subscribers unable to access their e-mail.

A company spokeswoman confirmed that the Comcast Web page had been hacked late on Wednesday. Subscribers who tried to access the site to check e-mail or access the company's official forums were greeted with [the text pictured above] instead.

The hackers apparently changed Comcast's registrar account at Network Solutions, which altered the DNS servers that were used to direct requests. In other words, the hackers essentially redirected traffic destined for the URL Instead, the traffic went to IP addresses in Germany and elsewhere, reported the blog Broadband Reports.

Comcast has stopped the traffic from being redirected to bogus servers, but users were still having trouble accessing the page as of 11:30 a.m. EDT. The reason is that it could take hours for the redirected traffic to propagate through DNS servers throughout the Internet.

More here.

Image source: C|Net


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