Pro-Palestine DNS hack under investigation

Pro-Palestine DNS hack under investigation

Summary: After taking down services including AVG, RedTube and Alexa and claiming responsibility, pro-Palestinian hacking group KDMS Team is under investigation by Network Solutions.

TOPICS: Security
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The domain registrar and host supporting sites disrupted by cyberattacks in the past week, Network Solutions, is investing a pro-Palestinian group which has claimed responsibility.

Owned by, Network Solutions manages domain names and hosted for companies including LeaseWeb, anti-virus software maker AVG, pornography site RedTube, Whatsapp and web statistics firm Alexa. In the past week, all of the above have been hit by DNS hijacks that have redirected website users to other domains promoting a pro-Palestinian message.

As reported by CIO, pro-Palestinian group KDMS Team claimed responsibility for the attacks on social media platform Twitter.

The defaced messages have included assertions that Palestine has been stolen, prisoners held in Israel should be released, and peace needs to be secured by the two regions. 

AVG confirmed on Tuesday that "a select number of online properties were defaced as a result of our domain name system (DNS) registrar being compromised." At the time of writing, Whatsapp and Avira are still offline.

According to CIO, while Avira's blog was still accessible, the company said it was aware that DNS (Domain Name System) records were pointed to other domains, otherwise known as DNS hijacking. The pro-Palestinian group were able to send a fake password reset request that was honored by the provider, and then change the entries to point to KDMS Team-controlled domains.

Earlier this week, LeaseWeb's domain was redirected after the group obtained an administrator password from the domain's registrar. The company said in a blog post that the DNS was changed at the registrar, and for a short period of time some visitors were redirected to another, non-LeaseWeb IP address.

Network Solutions said it was aware of the attack, writing on the company's blog:

"Network Solutions experienced a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its servers that affected our customers. The Network Solutions technology team quickly identified the issue and implemented measures to mitigate the attack.

We apologize to our customers who were impacted."

John Herbkersman,'s senior director for public communications, told the publication that while "cybercrime today is rampant, we just continue to try to do our best to bring in the best people and bring in the best equipment."

The KDMS Team have posted a number of screenshots of the attacks on Twitter, and while some Twitter users have questioned the group's political protest methods, wrote back:

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Another well-known example of DNS hijacking is that of Australian IT services company Melbourne IT. In AugustThe New York Times and Twitter revealed that their DNS entries had been modified, with the Syrian Electronic Army taking credit for the attack. Valid credentials were used to log in to a reseller account responsible for the affected domain names.

Topic: Security

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  • Has anyone heard of the palestinians doing anything good?

    They blow up restaurants and school buses. They hijack airplanes. Now they attack websites.
    Why does anyone thing giving them a country is a good idea?
    • Why?

      Because they were robbed of theirs in the first place. Nakba I believe it is called, commemorated on the 15th of May.
      • Nakhba

        They weren't robbed of anything. Palestine has never existed at any time in history as a nation state and the UN voted in 1947 for the partition of the areas east and west of the Jordan river into an area for Jews and Arabs. This followed the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 in which the Allied powers divided up the middle east after WW1, including the Turkish empire to suit their colonial interests. Palestine was a part of the province of Syria in the Turkish empire for over 400 years. When the 1967 '6 Day War' occurred Israel took the West Bank from Jordan and Gaza from Egypt - there was no Palestine.

        Zahir Muhse’in, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, in a March 31, 1977 interview with British journalist James Dorsey in the Amsterdam-based newspaper Trouw:

        "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism."
        • On the Partition Plan...

          Palestine has never existed and neither Israel prior to the UN's (rigged)vote. The partition plan was profoundly unjust; a larger percentage of land and coastal access given to a numerically inferior Jewish populace. While Israel enjoyed a more or less continuous piece of land, Palestine - which was due to be created at the same vote if the Palestinians accepted this farce - was split in two pieces. A better partition would have been splitting entire Palestinian territory in two territories, north and south. I can't blame them for not accepting. The vote should not have gone further without agreeing both sides, this is not how you make a contract.

          Subsequent wars or not, Israel was created by the UN in '47 within certain borders, borders that are not respected to this day. If Israel was awarded a state, then by simple symmetry the remaining territories should be, even if they(the Palestinians) did not accept it in the first place, a state for the Palestinians. Instead Israel annexes their territories and builds illegal(according to the UN) settlements smack in the middle of West Bank.

          That quote from a PLO member is as relevant as the ideology of some ultraorthodox Israeli Jews that consider they must forever be stateless and thus oppose the nation of a Jewish state. Want me to find a quote as well ?
          • To Ghest

            If statehood was so important where was the claim for a state when Jordan ruled the West Bank and Egypt ruled Gaza between 1948 and 1967?
            Another quote that explains it a little from Hamas this time:
            Aired by Al-Hekma TV on March 23, 2012. Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad:
            "Allah be praised, we all have Arab roots, and every Palestinian, in Gaza and throughout Palestine, can prove his Arab roots - whether from Saudi Arabia, from Yemen, or anywhere. We have blood ties."
            "Personally, half my family is Egyptian. We are all like that. More than 30 families in the Gaza Strip are called Al-Masri ["Egyptian"]. Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called Al-Masri, whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians. We are Arabs. We are Muslims"
          • To blurbwriter

            The Jewish people themselves poured from all over the world, even illegally, "Jewishness" being the sole criteria for which they were given Israeli citizenship on the fly. They were never endemic to the region.
            If Palestinians are to be denied of their territories because some of them claim to be Egyptians or Jordanians then the same should be applied to mostly immigrant Jews that form the bulk of the Israeli populace.
        • Sorry chump

          but NOT registering the thousand tribal government names does not remove the Palestinians lawful claims to their lands, their groves, their water.
          The U.N. gave the jews 48% of Palestine, when they lawfully owned only 6%. The Jews then took and took by force of murder, over 78% of Palestine. That is their land, and the Palestinians are just and lawful in returning death for death.
          Say, didn't the Jews kill 1800 Palestinians to 9 Jews during the Intifada? An EYE FOR AN EYE says the Torah. When will the jews kill themselves for justice?
          • Laws of War

            At the end of the 1948 conflict the Palestinians ended up with no state at all. Jordan annexed the West Bank (April 24 1950) and gave them Jordanian citizenship and Egypt annexed Gaza. Jordan didn't relinquish its claim until 1988. As recently as 2012 PLO leader Farouk Kaddoumi suggested West Bank reunification with Jordan. Why weren't such 'lawful claims' being made then or in the 400 years under Turkish rule?

            As for the 'Laws of War' under which territory was acquired and then relinquished under peace treaty (Sinai returned to Egypt 3 times) and Southern Lebanon, Gaza withdrawals) another quote from Hamas's Fathi Hammad: "[The enemies of Allah] do not know that the Palestinian people has developed its [methods] of death and death-seeking. For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: "We desire death like you desire life."
          • To blurb

            Their(the Palestinians) land was taken from under their feet and awarded to mostly immigrants from all over the world that suddenly poured in their area demanding land out of the blue. In the state of disarray that ensued post Nakba there's no wonder that Jordan and Egypt took control of the Palestinian territories mostly to prevent Israel from expanding its borders(which it unfortunately already has).

            Selective quoting and throwbacks to the days of the Ottoman Empire when the endemic Jews were barely 10% of the region's populace aren't relevant. You're trying to detract from the real issue. Israel has occupied Palestinian land and built settlements deep into Palestinian territory. This is currently deemed illegal by the UN and thus not recognized by it; if you're wondering it's the same UN that awarded Israel to the Jews.

            To this day Israel officially considers the West Bank as "Judea and Samaria", an administrative part of Israel. This is literally preposterous.
          • Ghest

            I repeat, where was their call for a state during those periods when they were under Jordanian/Egyptian, Turkish or earlier rule?
          • Ghest

            Never? The latest studies prove not only the Jews ejected from the Arab countries (that now comprise more than 50% of the Jewish population of Israel) but also the European immigrants are genetically linked to the local population. If we are talking ethnicity and not religion there is evidence (see Tsvi Misinai and 'the Engagement Movement') both DNA and anthropological, that shows ~80% of Palestinians are ethnic Jews who were forcibly converted to Islam over the centuries. If this turns out to be true then the conflict is to be viewed as a fratricidal one.
            And if we take Fathi Hammad's claim at face value, ALL Palestinians (he did say half of this and half of that) not 'some' are from other Arab countries. Of course this contradicts completely Tsvi Misinai's findings.
          • History

            Then the Italians shall receive Southern Europe once more and the Indians the entire North America.
          • UN

            BTW you're focusing too much on the Palestinians trying to sweep under the rug the UN sanctioned(verbally) illegalities of Israel colonizing and occupying foreign territories.
            Maybe you meant to say that they are genetically Canaanites. It's not the same. Jews weren't the only people in that area.
          • Canaanites

            There is no DNA or anthropological evidence whatsoever of a link to the Canaanites (Yasser Arafat's fantasy). There is plenty however to support the proposition the Palestinian are ethnic Jews.
            If we follow 'the Engagement Movement's' ethnic hypothesis then the area would have no barriers to becoming a single secular state 'from the River to the Sea' (PA anthem).
            The 'occupying foreign territories' argument is a furphy given the area was taken in a war against Jordan and its 'final status' is yet to be determined. 'Colonised' probably yes, just as it was colonised by the Arab, Turkish, Jordanian, Egyptian etc etc invasions century after century.
            As mentioned earlier the majority of Jews in Israel are now from the Arab countries who were expelled after 1948 and since - it is their home. They also happen to be the most conservative group in Israel who oppose any deal whatsoever regarding the Palestinian territories - and understandably so given the circumstances of their expulsion. Its almost a mirror of the Nakhba which is where this discussion all started. And around we go again.
          • Judea and Samaria

            Not so preposterous when you take into account that the name 'Jew' was derived from Judea, that the Samaritans (a Jewish spin-off sect) lived in Samaria and that many of the Jewish prophets' tombs etc are distributed through those regions, and that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the area, the majority of which were written in Hebrew and Aramaic - to name just a few issues.
            Not sure what you mean by 'considers an administrative part of Israel'. Area A is under PA administrative and security control, Area B is under PA administrative control with Israeli security control and Area C is under Israel's control for both - this was the result of the failed Oslo accords. Of course Gaza is 100% under Hamas's control since Israel withdrew totally in 2007.
          • You must be...

            ...Jewish that you care so much for some graves in what is currently called West Bank. West Bank is the future Palestinian state. Israel has already expanded beyond its original borders - after its '67 victory.
            Any settlement in the West Bank is illegal and not recognized by the UN. What's so hard to comprehend. There is no Judea and no Samaria, that's in Benny's imagination; only West Bank.
          • Palestinian State

            The Green Line of the 1949 armistice was a defacto border for the next 18 years - why didn't the Palestinians declare a State then? Instead they were annexed as part of Jordan and became Jordanian citizens.
            Also, given that 20% of the Israeli population are Arabs and about 19% of the West Bank population are Jews why not simply make the Jews citizens of the new Palestinian state? If they don't like it they can move just as the Arabs in Israel are free to move.
  • In first sentence...

    I think you mean that Network Solutions is *investigating*, not investing.
    Big Daddy D
  • KDMS

    And 100 years from now they'll still be looking for a country if the free world has anything to say about them!
  • One More Reason Why Palestine Shouldn't Be A State

    They don't deserve one.