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Google Morocco hacked

The Google Morocco domain (Google.co.ma) was briefly hacked on Saturday May 10 by hackers referring to themselves as ‘PAKbugs’

The Google Morocco domain (Google.co.ma) was briefly hacked on Saturday May 10 by hackers referring to themselves as ‘PAKbugs’.

Google.co.ma is functioning again, but for several hours on Saturday the site was down and this gave enough opportunity for people visiting the site to generate screenshots of the hacked domain. When users visited the site, they briefly saw a message that said “HackeD By PAKbugs. We are ZombiE_KsA Cyber Criminal spo0fer x00mx00m”.

The domain was pointed to a different server, and the message mentioned above was shown when people tried to access the search engine. Google at one point reportedly relayed visitors from Morocco to Google.com instead of Google.co.ma, but it took a while before Google Morocco was functioning correctly again.

PAKbugs.com is a forum of Pakistani hackers, and the forum boasts of the successful hack here.

Popular blog TechCrunch suggests that the hackers hacked the site by possibly finding a way through NIC.ma, which controls the DNS (Domain Name Service) for Morocco.

This is not the first DNS attack to take place against Middle East Google domains though as Google Algeria was briefly hacked last month as well.