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Hackers Deface Site That Tracks Hacking

Hackers belonging to West Asia made a successful move when they reconstructed the homepage of Zone-h.org, a website that serves for storing and monitoring hacking activities.

After the discovery of the defacement of the Monitoring site, co-founder of Zone-h, Roberto Preatoni has given to explain that someone had illicitly changed the site's DNA settings. In one part of the site there came a "screw you" message that a gang of defacers from Saudi Arabia posted.

In a statement via the Channelregister on January 23, 2007 Preatoni explained it was not a technical hacking rather the attacker gained access to the registrant authority admin panel, which registers Zone-h. There the hackers changed the DNS settings, channeling the domain name to another IP. This IP linked to a web server that hosted the defacement page.

The illicit reconstruction of the site did not appear to have a political motivation. But by leaving a four-lettered threatening message the Saudi Arabian hackers were implying that the security of the website was in jeopardy. The site was repaired only on the night of January 23, 2007.

There have been instances in the past when Zone-h suffered continual politically motivated hacks. The culprits have been both Islamic hackers and others. Alternatively, to a similar purpose this time some perpetrators like Devil Hacker ad Unix Web might have assaulted just to gain appreciation in the digital underground.

Zone-h.org - a popular site visited by both hackers and security experts to keep abreast with website hacking operations around the world - stores a large updated database of defaced websites that a browser can view on its mirror.

Since Zone-h has been the target of defacement attacks earlier, the latest - by far the best defacement attack - doesn't surprise considerably.

This defacement matches the warnings from experts that online attacks like defacement of websites and denial of service are likely to grow in the backdrop of the situational developments in West Asia.

Preatoni and Zone-h were adjusting to accept the latest assault on the site, after all the objective of the site is to demonstrate that the "Internet is insecure and un-securable".

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