Google Palestine Hacked And Defaced, deface message says ‘Its Palestine not Israel’.

A group of Palestinian hackers have hacked and defaced the Google’s primary search domain for Palestine (https://www.google.ps) earlier today. 

The hackers who go with the handles of Cold z3ro, Haml3t, Sas and Dr@g  left a deface page along with a message, bashing Google for not mentioning Palestinian as a country on Google Maps and threatening to change Israel’s name to Palestinian.  The deface message was expressed in following words: 

  • No News Is a Good News, Uncle google we say hi from Palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine!  Question : what would happens if we changed the country title of Israel to Palestine in google maps !!! it would be revolution .. So Listen to rihanna and be cool.

It seems that site was hacked through domain registry attack, redirected to another server altogether. The method used remains unclear, however, a ‘could be’ theory is that company which provides domain Google with registry service for Palestinian region was compromised, allowing hackers to hack and deface the site.

Here is a screenshot of the deface page left by the hackers: 

google-palestine-hacked-and-defaced-deface-message-says-its-palestine-not-israelAt the time of publishing this article, the Google Palestine domain was restored and working online.


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.