Feeds

McHackers use DNS exploit to poke fun

McDonald's UK surfers redirected to parody site

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Computer hackers with a grudge against McDonalds have used a subtle hacking technique to embarrass the burger chain online.

Activists redirected surfers visiting McDonalds.co.uk to an insecure box in a US university on which they placed a message mocking McDonalds.

The hacker, who called himself Fluffy Bunny, put up a Web site containing a parody of the burger chain's home page on the false site. A copy of the message can be seen on defacement mirror site Alldas.de here.

The prank was performed not by hacking into the server hosting the McDonalds site, but by exploiting its domain name servers.

According to Fredrik of Alldas.de: "What Fluffy Bunny did was own the nameserver of mcdonalds.co.uk with the new BIND bug, and then redirect the domain for one day or something to an insecure computer where they had their message."

He added: "This is just a big scam from Fluffy bunny. The real computer was never touched; the hacked computer was the nameserver for McDonalds UK."

Ironically in the light of recent hack attacks targeting IIS, the unwitting host to the diatribe against Big Macs was using Linux, whereas the real McDonalds site runs Microsoft IIS 4. Which goes to show you're only as secure as your weakest link. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports
New emphasis on encryption as a weapon?
To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow
While the NSA is tapping your PC, he's tapping ... nevermind
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped
This is what happens if you hand your username and password to a 3rd-party
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.