Google Vanuatu Domain Hacked, Left with Anti-Morocco Messages

A Sahrawi hacker going with the handle of Kuroi’SH hacked and defaced the Google Vanuatu domain in support for the freedom of Western Sahara.

Hacker left a deface page along with a brief message on the hacked Google domain, bashing the company for poor security.

The message also blames Moroccan government for allegedly mistreating the Sahrawi people.

In an exclusive conversation with hacker, HackRead was told that reason for targeting Google Vanuatu was to raise voice against the Western Sahara conflict or Polisario Front dispute for independence, an ongoing conflict between the Polisario Front of the Sahrawi people and the kingdom of Morocco.

There in western Sahra, the women are raped, the childs can’t say anything and live with fear, this is a really poor country and we have everything but moroccan terrorists are killing us. I’m not Marocain, I’m Sahrawi.

A full preview of the deface page is available below:

google-vanuatu-domain-hacked-by-sahrawi-hacker
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Hackers do like to play with any security flaw that can interrupt service of any famous platform. This one is similar to the DNS hijacking case in February that disrupted access to Google’s Vietnam homepage.

Google Malaysia, Google Images, YouTube and Yahoo domain was also affected by DNS hijacking in April 2015.

Link of targeted domain along with its zone-h mirror as a proof of hack is available below:

http://google.vu
http://zone-h.org/mirror/id/24483814

On 19th June, 2015, the same hacker also defaced the network information center (NIC) domain for El Salvador and left with an anti-Morroron deface page.

Link of hacked NIC website along with its mirror is available below: 

http://nic.sv/zz.php
http://zone-h.org/mirror/id/24474748

About Vanuatu:

Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometers. It has nothing to do with Morocco, Sahrawi tribe or the Western Sahara conflict. 

At the time of publishing this article, the Google Vanuatu domain was restored and available 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.