Google, Microsoft, Kaspersky Labs, NIC For Morocco Domains Hacked

Who says high-profile websites are unhackable? We just witnessed Moroccan hackers taking over websites of tech giants and those claiming to protect users from hackers.

A group of hackers going with the handle of The Exploit3rs hacked and defaced the official domains of Google, Microsoft and Kaspersky Labs all three designated for Morocco

The group was able to hack into the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Morocco where domain.ma, google.co.ma, google.ma, microsoft.ma and Kaspersky.ma domains are hosted.

Hackers left a deface page along with a message on all four hacked websites showing off their skills.

“HEY! Today ccTLD MOROCCO 0WN3D!! You think that you control the domains, but you don’t! Everybody knows wrong. We control the domains including NIC morocco! We Want To Inform You That We Can OwnAny .Ma Website Now.”

A full preview of the deface page is available below:

google-microsoft-kaspersky-labs-morocco-websites-hacked

The Google.ma and Microsoft.ma both are parked domains while the Google.co.ma and Kaspersky.ma labs are the official domains for the companies in Morroco.

Hackers do like to play with security flaws that can interrupt service of any famous platform. This one is similar to a DNS hijacking case in February that disrupted access to Google’s Vietnam homepage.

Links of targeted domains along with their zone-h mirrors as a proof of hack are available here.

The Exploit3rs is the same group who previously hacked some high-profile financial and technology related institutions like Yahoo, HSBC, NOD32, McDonalds, Orange, Twitter, Vodafone, Kia Motors, Dell, Pepsi, HP, Samsung, VISA, Norton, Nike, and several others.

At the time of publishing this article, all targeted sites were restored.

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Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.