Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Visitors to Google's Web site for Palestine, Google.ps, were recently redirected to a page protesting the fact that Google Maps identifies the Palestinian territories as part of Israel (h/t Softpedia).
As Softpedia notes, Google itself wasn't hacked -- the hackers appear to have breached the .ps domain registry and used DNS hijacking to redirect visitors to their defacement page.
"Uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine," the page states. "# Question : what would happens if we changed the country title of Isreal to Palestine in google maps !!! it would be revolution .."
The hackers identify themselves as Cold z3ro, Haml3t, Sas and Dr@g, stating, "From Palestine: We are the Best of the Rest."https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
In response, Google provided the following statement to the Washington Post: "Some users visiting google.ps have been getting redirected to a different website; Google services for the google.ps domain were not hacked. We're in contact with the organization responsible for managing this domain name so we can help resolve the problem."