Google Morocco defaced by hackers: report

Group claims 2009 attack, mocks rivals

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Google Morocco defaced by hackers: report PAKbugs appeared to be attempting to put another hacking group in its place.
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 23, 2013

Google Morocco (google.co.ma) yesterday suffered defacement at the hands of a hacking group calling itself PAKbugs, ArabCrunch claims.

In a black-screen (sometimes profane) rant, the group appeared to mock another consortium that had claimed bragging rights on being the first to hack the site.

PAKbugs declared: "khantastic aka 1337 skids you thought you were first ones to deface google, you guys didn't even defaced that, adding free sub domains on freehostia wont make you 1337!"

The term "1337" is part of the established online lexicon of leetspeak, where some or all of the letters of a word are replaced with numbers. "Leet" or "1337" means "elite" so PAKbugs' motive is likely an attempt to put another hacking group in its place.

In May 2009 ArabCrunch reported a similar defacement by PAKbugs. At the time Google denied that any such incursion had taken place.

"Google services in Morocco are not hacked," a spokesperson informed ArabCrunch.

"Since Friday PST, some users visiting www.google.co.ma were redirected to a different website. We're in touch with the appropriate hosting service to help investigate the issue."

Also in May 2009, a member of PAKbugs calling himself ZombiE_KsA contacted ArabCrunch, claiming to be a Pakistani national living in Saudi Arabia.

"He also confirmed that they did the hacking through DNS hijacking to Network Information Center of Morocco. (Where the domain DNS is hosted.)," the tech site reported at the time.

Google Morocco, as of the time of writing, shows no signs of tampering.

544 days ago
vinod mehra

Sad even force to reckon in ICT are vulnerable to security threats.

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