Google.com.vn, the search giant’s Vietnamese site, appeared to have been hacked by Lizard Squad this afternoon.
Internet users hoping to search the web instead saw a quiffed poser taking a selfie with an iPhone, and the message “Hacked by Lizard Squad, greetz from antichrist, Brian Krebs, sp3c, Komodo, ryan, HTP & Rory Andrew Godfrey (holding it down in Texas)”.
The site looked like this from about noon till 2.30 pm:
Not a Google doodle: what Vietnamese users saw this afternoon.
Screengrab: Thanh Luan via thanhniennews.com
Vietnamese news website zing.vn reported that this was a DNS (Domain Name System) attack, only affecting Vietnamese users of Google DNS 126.96.36.199. Normal users and mobile users could still access the site.
DNS hijacking works by overriding TCP/IP settings and redirecting site visitors rather than by assuming control of the actual target site. DNS hijacking rarely affects customer information, instead causing disruption to affected sites by gaining control over their domain names.
Lizard squad is fond of DNS attacks, taking out Malaysia Airlines’ website last month, and claiming responsibility for recent hacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live network at the end of last year, among other attacks.