Google Palestine hijacked: hackers say rename Israel to Palestine, listen to RiRi

Google’s domain serving the Palestinian territories, Google Palestine, was hijacked on Monday by hackers urging Google to rename Israel to Palestine in Google Maps (and the rest of us to listen to Rihanna).

It seems that the DNS entries for google.ps (the records that associate a user-friendly name like example.com with a computer-friendly IP address like 203.0.113.42) were somehow altered so that users were directed to a server in Morocco instead of the servers hosting Google’s services.

Visitors directed to the interloping server were shown a web page with the familiar Google logo and  a screen shot of Google Maps alongside a missive from the triumphant hijackers.

SOURCE: nakedsecurity.sophos.com