An online hacking attack targeting Pakistan affected close to 300 websites, including Yahoo, eBay, Apple and Google. Sites containing the domain name of Pakistan are targeted.
Hackers manipulated a noticeable weakness that is innate in domain name systems. Visitors of these popular .pk websites, instead of getting into the sites, are redirected to a page containing the slogan “Pakistan Downed,” along with a picture of two penguins crossing a bridge.
Major services such as Gmail have stopped in the interim due to the attacks.
So far, there is no known motive for the attack. Some, however, mentioned that this was probably just done to emphasize the system weaknesses of the PKNIC, the organization managing .pk domains.
ProPakistani, a tech blog, said that the hackers emailed them regarding how the attack was carried out. The blog said that it will share this info to PKNIC if they want.
Furthermore, the belief is that all of the domains were under MarkMonitor’s registry. MarkMonitor describes itself as the “global leader in online brand protection, [which] delivers advanced technology and expertise to protect the reputations and revenue of the world’s leading brands.