By John Leyden
23rd January 2007
NSFW -- Defacement archive Zone-h.org has become the victim of a domain
Initially we thought the site had been defaced, however Zone-h
co-founder Roberto Preatoni has been in touch to explain that its DNS
settings were illicitly changed to point at a site carrying a "screw
you" message, posted by a gang of defacers from Saudi Arabia.
"The website wasn't technically hacked, the attacker gained instead
access to the registrant authority admin panel through which zone-h was
registered and from there they changed the DNS settings, redirecting the
domain name to a different IP. This IP connected a webserver mounting
the defacement page," Preatoni explained.
The DNS settings of the site have been set back to their original values
which will allow surfers to visit zone-h.org as normal after the correct
values propagate across the internet, a process that can sometimes take
a few hours. Undoing the unauthorised changes took 48 hours, a length of
time Preatoni blames on the time it took its registering authority to
analyse the problem.
Zone-h has been active in chronically politically motivated hacks by
Islamic hackers, and others, in the past. This might have provided the
motive for the attack. On the other hand the assault might simply have
been conceived as a means to gain kudos in the digital underground by
its perps, Devil Hacker & Unix Web.
Zone-h has been the target of defacement attacks before. From time to
time other defacement archives have been subject to denial of service
attacks. So the latest attack on Zone-h, by far the best known
defacement archive, doesn't come as a tremendous surprise.
Preatoni said Zone-h was taking the latest attack on the site in its
stride since the purpose of Zone-h is to show that the "internet is
insecure and unsecurable".
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