Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

Three Indicted For Comcast Site Hack

'Kryogeniks' gang redirected traffic to its own Web page in 2008

Three alleged hackers this week were indicted for a 2008 attack that redirected traffic from the Comcast Website to a prank page.

Christopher Allen Lewis, 19, and James Robert Black Jr., 20, are accused of being the hackers "EBK" and "Defiant," who hijacked the Comcast domain in May of last year, according to news reports. The prank took down the cable giant's homepage and Web mail service for more than five hours and allegedly cost the company more than $128,000.

Michael Paul Nebel, 27, is also charged with being part of the hacker gang, which called itself "Kryogeniks."

Visitors to Comcast.net were redirected to a simple page reading "KRYOGENIKS EBK and DEFIANT RoXed COMCAST sHouTz To VIRUS Warlock elul21 coll1er seven."

As described in the indictment, the hackers got control of the domain with two phone calls, and an email was sent to the company's domain registrar, Network Solutions, from a hacked Comcast email account.

That gave them entry to the Network Solutions control panel for Comcast's 200 domains, according to the indictment.

The alleged hackers told reporters after the hack they had tried to notify Comcast of the vulnerability, but a member of the technical staff didn't take them seriously. At that point, they decided to play the prank, one of the hackers said.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
HackerOne Drops Mobile Voting App Vendor Voatz
Dark Reading Staff 3/30/2020
Limited-Time Free Offers to Secure the Enterprise Amid COVID-19
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  3/31/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
Data breaches and regulations have forced organizations to pay closer attention to the security incident response function. However, security leaders may be overestimating their ability to detect and respond to security incidents. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-11527
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
In Zoho ManageEngine OpManager before 12.4.181, an unauthenticated remote attacker can send a specially crafted URI to read arbitrary files.
CVE-2020-11528
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
bit2spr 1992-06-07 has a stack-based buffer overflow (129-byte write) in conv_bitmap in bit2spr.c via a long line in a bitmap file.
CVE-2020-11518
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Zoho ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus before 5815 allows unauthenticated remote code execution.
CVE-2020-5347
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Dell EMC Isilon OneFS versions 8.2.2 and earlier contain a denial of service vulnerability. SmartConnect had an error condition that may be triggered to loop, using CPU and potentially preventing other SmartConnect DNS responses.
CVE-2020-5348
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Dell Latitude 7202 Rugged Tablet BIOS versions prior to A28 contain a UAF vulnerability in EFI_BOOT_SERVICES in system management mode. A local unauthenticated attacker may exploit this vulnerability by overwriting the EFI_BOOT_SERVICES structure to execute arbitrary code in system management mode.