A HACKER has claimed to have mounted a successful attack against the CNN website.
Reckz0r claimed to have extracted information from the US based 'news' company and posted four fake articles on its website.
He made the announcement about the attack on Twitter, following that up with a Pastebin post that included administrative usernames and encrypted passwords, along with a list of database tables.
"Their systems are poorly-misconfigured, just like how NASA's DIRS is full of crap. CNN is no different from them, anyway. nuff' talkin' - Let the good ol' show begin," he said in a message.
"I wrote [four] fake articles on edition.cnn.com, if you can guess what articles are those, I shall give you a crown, plus full-backup of CNN < 3."
Today was truly hilarious; Tapped into CNN, and found a vulnerability on VeriSign, let's see where this takes me to.— Reckz0r (@Reckz0r) May 20, 2013
Reckz0r claimed to have hacked the edition.cnn.com web site in support of Palestine. "I strongly respect the Palestinian brotherhood, and it seems like CNN is on Israel's side," he said. "And you do know one thing; 'Whenever you see somebody supporting CNN, pwn him at sight'."
Things seem to be back to normal on the CNN website and we have asked the firm to comment on or confirm the attack on its systems.
Reckz0r said that he was able to get into the systems because of a vulnerability involving Verisign. We have asked that firm to comment. The hacker said in a tweeted message that Verisign "appears to be vulnerable to LFI", in an apparent reference to local file inclusion attacks. µ
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