MSNBC Sports Hacked
Gotta get your Milwaukee Bucks score every morning? Apparently, so do hackers. MSNBC Sports' web page was recently the victim of a major hack attack, compromising more than 26,000 pages. It's set off alarm bells for legitimate web sites, and highlights a new trend being forged by the web's most elite hackers.
The MSNBC attack was reported this past Tuesday by San Diego-based Websense Inc. The security company has been tracking the exploit for about a month, stumbling upon the MSNBC invasion while performing one of their many web scans. Other major sites that appear to be hit include TV.com, News.com, and History.com (oh, no! Not George Washington!). (Source: digitaljournal.com)
Why are these sites being hit, and hit hard?
According to Chenette, it has something to do with their search power. "I'm labeling this attack as a search engine input optimization attack," he said. The search engine optimization techniques used by these sites -- which are meant to bring in as much traffic as possible -- are making them vulnerable to an input validation attack. (Source: itbusiness.ca)
MSNBC maintains that they were able to secure the breach within minutes of hearing their popular sports page had been compromised.