Google Vietnam site hacked and defaced
The infamous band of hackers, Lizard Squad today hacked and defaced Google Vietnam’s home page.
The attack started at around 12.oo pm Vietnam time and many Internet users in Vietnam were unable to get access to google.com.vn. The defaced screen showed a image of a teenager holding a iPhone and a video along with a tweet from Lizard Squad.
“Hacked by Lizard Squad, greetz from antichrist, Brian Krebs, sp3c, Komodo, ryan, HTP & Rory Andrew Godfrey (holding it down in Texas)
Buy DDOS @ https://lizardstresser.su
Another tweet from Lizard Squad further confirmed their likely hand in the hacking and defacement.
However, surprisinglym the official Twitter account of Lizard Squad, @LizardUniverse was silent about the hacking.
Many Vietnamese users took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their fury against the hacking and against Lizard Squad in particular.
— Red s (@MoOn20543) February 23, 2015
@LizardCircle You HACK my search. Stopping your HACK. If not, we will accuse you(I am From VN)
— Leonidas Duong (@LeonidasDuong) February 23, 2015
Vietnamese News website zing.vn stated that the hacking seemed to affect only those Vietnamese users who used the Google DNS 18.104.22.168 to access to google.com.vn. Whereas normal users and mobile users could still access google.com.vn.
A poster on the Vietnamese tech forum tinhte.vn stated that he could access the Google search once he removed the Google DNS numbers and reverted to the default ones.
It seems, Lizard Squad is using this hack attack as a promotional event for its DDoS rent-a-tool, Lizard Stresser.
The Google Vietnam site was still down at the time of writing this article and Google Vietnam is yet to comment on this incident.
Update # As of 2.30 pm Vietnam time, the Google Vietnam site has been restored and Google has confirmed that some hackers had redirected its search page to a different site. The matter is under investigation and you can view the web cache version of the hacked Google.com.vn here.