Automated Web Application Scanner Acunetix Website Hacked

The developers of Acunetix vulnerability scanner tool had their website defaced by a hacker who claims he did it for Lulz!

An unknown Croatian hacker hacked and defaced the official website of world-renowned Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner (WVS) Saturday morning.

The hacker left a deface page along with a message on the homepage of Acunetix’s website stating that he did the hack for fun. The deface page also contained a YouTube video featuring Croatian prime minister Tihomir Orešković or Timmy as the hacker called him on the page.

The message in English is available below although it’s almost impossible to accurately translate the Croatian language on any translator. If you know what the hacker said let us know.

I did it for lulz! (Greetz to best prime minister – Timmy)”

Here is a full preview of the deface page uploaded by hacker:

Deface page uploaded by hacker

Upon defacement, the site was forced to go offline for more than a day probably for maintenance purposes. There have been no words from Acunetix itself about the incident. However, the defacement shows nothing is secure on the Internet and 100% security is just a myth.

It’s unclear how it was possible for the hacker to deface the site – it is to be noted that Acunetix is using WordPress platform on its site and according to a researcher’s Facebook post the WordPress version used by the firm was outdated allowing the hacker to bypass whatever security was implemented on the site. 

The hack came amid latest report exposing a critical security flaw in WordPress plugins infected by attackers exploiting a vulnerability that remains unpatched in a widely used plugin called WP Mobile Detector.

At the time of publishing this article, Acunetix website was restored and available online for the public.

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