The News, Daily Jang websites affected as hackers break into PKNIC

Published: February 4, 2013
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Screenshot of the message left by the hackers.

Screenshot of the message left by the hackers.

KARACHI: The websites of The News International and Daily Jang were affected as PKNIC – the .pk domain name registry – was hacked on Monday.

According to Khaleej Times, the hackers claimed that they controlled the “.pk domains”.

A messaged by the hackers stated:

“Here we go again, pknic.net.pk you think you control .pk domains? LOL you don’t! today we are controlling .pk domains! after you patched your …system we still owned you it was perfect security, btw we dumped 23,000 Accounts information successfully, including government news blogs forums etc etc…”

Earlier, a group of Pakistani hackers had revealed weaknesses in the registry.

In November 2012, google.com.pk, along with 284 other .pk domains, was hacked. Microsoft.pk, apple.pk, paypal.pk, ebay.pk, blogspot.pk, chrome.pk and cisco.pk were among the pages defaced.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Clear Black Bag
    Feb 4, 2013 - 12:01PM

    Is there any one secure and save in this country????

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  • Telecom Solver
    Feb 4, 2013 - 2:57PM

    This is not a vulnerability with the website but with the PKNIC TLD. This in itself is quite a faltoo company. It charges $24 per year a .PK domain for Pakistani companies. In USA a domain costs $6.95 to register per year. PKNIC is charging nearly 4 times as much and cannot reinvest one single penny in securing its site or upgrading its domain registration.
    PTA must take notice of this.

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  • Feb 4, 2013 - 4:45PM

    @Telecom Solver:
    Your information is out of date. Dot coms cost between $9-14 a year. .pk domains cost around $10 per year. Keep up with the times will you!

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