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11|20|2009 03:59 pm EDT

3 Charged With Comcast.net Hijacking at Network Solutions

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

Three hackers — Christopher Allen Lewis, 19,  James Robert Black Jr., 20, and Michael Paul Lebel, 28 — have been hit with a federal conspiracy charge this week due to their involvement in the 2008 hijacking of Comcast.net – a prank that took down the cable company’s homepage and email service for more than five hours and supposedly cost the company over $128,000.

According to the indictment, the hackers gained control of the Comcast.net domain along with 200 other domains with two phone calls to Network Solutions, the company’s domain registrar, as well as one email sent from a hacked Comcast email account.

This gave them entry to the Network Solutions control panel for all of Comcast’s domains.

Then, after changing the contact information for Comcast.net, the hackers phoned Comcast’s original technical contact to tell him what they’d done. When the Comcast manager scoffed at their claims, the hackers decided to take it a step further and redirect the site’s traffic to servers that were under their control.

The hackers are being charged under the US. Code for fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

“I wish I was a minor right now,” said hacker James Robert Black Jr., “because this is going to be really bad.”

[via Wired]

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John

November 22, 2009 @ 8:05 pm EDT

Hijacking a domain name is pretty simple, all it takes is photoshop, a fake drivers license, a fax business license, and a fax machine. I have worked for a few domain companies over the years and they are all about the same as far as security and it don’t take much to gain control over someones domain. Obviously getting control over the Comcast name would probably take a bit more effort, but I have seen it done with fake papers from a lawyer. They were just stupid and got caught.

Al??veri?

November 28, 2009 @ 6:44 pm EDT

Thank you in advance for your quick answer !. Very nice post.

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