Comcast DNS record comprimised

BroadbandReports has picked up on an issue with Comcast's security yesterday.

According to Broadband reports, starting late yesterday, Comcast users began noticing that Comcast.net had been defaced. It appeared a group had hacked Comcast's registrar account at Network Solutions, changing the authoritative DNS servers for comcast.net thus rerouting portal visitors to IP addresses in Germany or elsewhere.

Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas had the following update about the situation:

"Last night users attempting to access Comcast.net were temporarily redirected to another site by an unauthorized person," he says. "While that issue has been resolved and customers have continued to have access to the Internet and email through services like Outlook, some customers are currently not able to access Comcast.net or Webmail."

"We believe that our registration information at the vendor that registers the Comcast.net domain address was altered, which redirected the site, and is the root cause of today's continued issues as well," he says. "We have alerted law enforcement authorities and are working in conjunction with them."

Thanks to forum member neufuse for the heads up.

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(Almost) Nobody deserves to have their site defaced. Especially an ISP. This caused more issues for the customers than it did Comcast. All those end users could not access their e-mail and account settings. Did they deserve it? Most certainly not.

(blackice912 said @ #3.1)
(Almost) Nobody deserves to have their site defaced. Especially an ISP. This caused more issues for the customers than it did Comcast. All those end users could not access their e-mail and account settings. Did they deserve it? Most certainly not.

You obviously have not had to deal with Comcast then. They charge a ton of $ for mediocre Internet access that goes out in our area all the time. They charge to much, shave traffic of all protocols (not just p2p like they want you to believe) and getting something like your name changed on a bill if you had a roommate for example takes a true force of nature. If you want to move your crappy Netgear router or TV physically in your location theres a good chance you need to have them come out and replace something. Comcast deserves what they get especially if it's that easy to change their DNS records.

This is the big target for malicious hackers. Why compromise individual users when you can a whole bunch of them by getting to the ISP DNS server settings.

because releasing a virus or going after small websites is much safer. if you do this you get the FBI on your butt. and of course, it's much harder to do (theoretically anyways)

Well, most attacks like this come from countries that simply don't care about malicious web attacks on U.S citizens, nor do they care about extradition.