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Popular messaging service WhatsApp gets taken down via DNS hack

WhatsApp gets hacked via a new DNS exploit being used by hackers to hijack the websites URL
By: Charles Gantt | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 10:04 pm

If you happened to visit WhatsApp's website early this morning, you might have noticed things looked a little bit different. Some time in the wee hours of Thursday morning, a pro-palestinian message replaced the websites homepage with political rhetoric and the message "You Got Pwned."




The hacker group known as KDMS Team took responsibility for the hack, and boasted that "no security measures could stop them from attacking again." The hack was not a direct intrusion of the company's web server, but rather an exploit conducted on the website's DNS records to spoof the DNS and hijack the website's URL. As of this writing, WhatsApp's website has been restored to normal and no further attacked on the messaging service have been reported.


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