Everyday the internet seems to get weirder.
Lenovo, which has found itself making security headlines over the SSL-busting Superfish debacle, has had its website briefly hijacked by the notorious Lizard Squad hacking gang.
Not only did the hackers control what visitors to Lenovo.com saw, they also made them listen to the teenybop song “Breaking Free” from Disney’s “High School Musical”.
So you can appreciate the true horror of what the hackers did, here is part of the slideshow that was displayed on the Lenovo website (animated gif by the fine fellows at Gizmodo):
And here is the musical soundtrack that was playing underneath this madness:
Which, I think you will agree is rather different than what you normally see on lenovo.com:
If you clicked on the slideshow, you would be taken to the Lizard Squad’s group Twitter account.
Ryan King and Rory Andrew Godfrey have previously had their names linked to other Lizard Squad attacks. For instance, their names match those displayed in another recent hijacking attack instigated by the Lizard Squad gang against Google’s presence in Vietnam earlier this week.
What’s happened here is someone has managed to meddle with Lenovo.com’s DNS entry, pointing it away from Lenovo’s own servers and to a webpage under the control of the mischievous hackers.
DNS (Domain Name System) is the part of the internet which acts like a huge telephone book - turning the human-friendly names that we type into browsers (“lenovo.com”, “grahamcluley.com”, “microsoft.com”) into the computer friendly numeric IP addresses that the internet loves but non-silicon-based lifeforms have no chance of remembering.
Someone has screwed up, and allowed Lenovo’s DNS entry to be messed with by an unauthorised party, redirecting any legitimate traffic it might have been receiving to a third party webpage.
Clearly, that’s not good at all. And hardly what you want to happen when you’re trying hard to reassure the world that you really do care about security and privacy, and know what you’re doing…
And, unfortunately, this website hijacking may not be the last of Lenovo’s troubles. Lizard Squad has been tweeting images of emails apparently sent from public relations staff to Lenovo’s management, about the DNS hijacking.
Which raises the obvious question - what other emails sent to Lenovo might they be reading?