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Google domain hijacked in Kenya

Kevin Murphy, April 16, 2013, 10:04:26 (UTC), Domain Tech

Google’s Kenyan web site was reportedly inaccessible yesterday due to a hijacking of the company’s local domain name.

Google.co.ke briefly redirected users to a site bearing the slogan “hacked” on a black background, according to the Daily Nation. A change of DNS was blamed.

Google Kenya reportedly said:

Google services in Kenya were not hacked. For a short period, some users visiting www.google.co.ke and a few other website were re-directed to a different website. We are in contact with the organisation responsible for managing domain names in Kenya.

Google is of course a high-profile target; hackers often exploit weaknesses at third-party providers such as domain name registries in order to take down its satellite sites.

Its Irish site was taken down in October last year, after attackers broke in through a vulnerability in IEDR’s Joomla content management system.

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Comments (4)

  1. theo says:

    .IE
    .PK
    .GP
    .RO
    .KE

    Next…….. ?

    • Rubens Kuhl says:

      Before our turn we made two factor authentication available hoping that people turn it on and prevent credentials-based attacks.

  2. theo says:

    I like the two factor authentication Rubens, good to read you guys offer it. I would use it and if the majority of registries would use it would. it be alot more secure. Some do, but they are a minority.

    A reset of username and password every month is not a bad also.

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