Hotmail in Israel defaced by Turksec [Updated]

The popular email service Hotmail has been defaced in Israel by a Turkish hacker going by the name of TurkGuvenligi of Turksec.

It appears the site has been subject to a DNS hijack, the practice of redirecting the resolution of Domain Name System (DNS) names to rogue DNS servers. This is not the first time Microsoft has suffered defacements of its web properties. In 2004 microsoft.com was defaced and in late 2008 Microsoft's Irish website was also defaced by Turkish hackers.

An anti-semitic message has been left at the defaced site. Screencaps can be found here one / two ( warning: contains swearing).

At the time of posting the defacement still exists. Neowin has contacted Microsoft officials but at the time of writing has not received a response.

Update: Microsoft has responded to Neowin, courtesy of Christopher Budd, Response Manager, Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft:

  •   Around 4:30 AM Redmond time, Microsoft became aware that traffic was redirected from some of its .IL domain properties to other sites under others control. No other domains were affected.
  • As soon as we learned of this we mobilized our response process to understand the issue and restore service to customers.
  • Our investigation has shown that there was no attack against Microsoft properties or customers. In this case, attackers contacted a third party domain registrar posing as Microsoft and succeeded in having Microsoft-bound traffic directed to other, non-Microsoft systems.
  • We are in the process of restoring service for these .IL domains and apologize to customers for any inconvenience.
  • We will investigate the issue and take steps as appropriate to help try and prevent issues like this from occurring in the future."

 

Thanks to x-tarek for the news tip

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Good Job, Turkish hackers are pretty smart, you can't argue about that. They even found a way to even downgrade the iPhones baseband back to 04.08, no matter what you're on.
BTW: I am Turkish.

It is impossible for anyone from the Middle-East to be anti-Semitic. Semite isn't a people, its a language group which includes both Jewish and Arab languages....

Foub said,
It is impossible for anyone from the Middle-East to be anti-Semitic. Semite isn't a people, its a language group which includes both Jewish and Arab languages....

Persians, AKA Iranians, are middle-eastern but are not Semites.

Kudos said,

Persians, AKA Iranians, are middle-eastern but are not Semites.

Still can't be anti-Semitic. anti-Semitic implies a people. It isn't. They may hate the Jews, but they don't hate every other Semitic language there.

Saying anti-Semitic is like saying irregardless.

Foub said,

Still can't be anti-Semitic. anti-Semitic implies a people. It isn't. They may hate the Jews, but they don't hate every other Semitic language there.

Saying anti-Semitic is like saying irregardless.

So you're saying that it's "impossible" for Persians to hate Jews and Arabs? Also, the term Semitic has come to be an anthropological word as much a linguistic one, stop obsessing over it being a language group.

++iHazCool said,

Whoaa! Popular? Since when?

You hadn't heard of it?

Hotmail is very popular.
Popular doesn't mean that it's good or that it's used...

Beaux said,

You hadn't heard of it?

Hotmail is very popular.
Popular doesn't mean that it's good or that it's used...

Have you looked up the term popular?

Paulz0r said,
What an immature and badly written message on the hacker's part.

good that he wrote it at least understandably.. imagine him writing in hebrew... probably using google translate..

Ender2070 said,
+1

Trillions of US dollars go towards the illegal terrorism going on there against civilians.

Biased much?

I don't agree with the content of the message but anything that helps to raise the profile of the issue is worthwhile. The Israel/Palestine conflict continues to be fuelled and directly/indirectly supported by Western nations, despite the horrendous war crimes taking place. The US may continue to offer hollow criticism but until it withdraws funding to Israel the US can't claim any credibility.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I don't agree with the content of the message but anything that helps to raise the profile of the issue is worthwhile. The Israel/Palestine conflict continues to be fuelled and directly/indirectly supported by Western nations, despite the horrendous war crimes taking place. The US may continue to offer hollow criticism but until it withdraws funding to Israel the US can't claim any credibility.

+100

theyarecomingforyou said,
I don't agree with the content of the message but anything that helps to raise the profile of the issue is worthwhile. The Israel/Palestine conflict continues to be fuelled and directly/indirectly supported by Western nations, despite the horrendous war crimes taking place. The US may continue to offer hollow criticism but until it withdraws funding to Israel the US can't claim any credibility.

The right-wing in the US only supports Israel because it must exist for their so-called "End-Times" prophesy to come true.

Foub said,

The right-wing in the US only supports Israel because it must exist for their so-called "End-Times" prophesy to come true.

ohhh.. so prophecy it is.. that explains why they all give themselves so much freedom.. all for the prophecy.. anyone who stands in the way of the prophecy will be made kaputtttt

lol, Microsoft owned!.

btw: when will the US troop will start the liberation of the palestine people?. ;-)

Magallanes said,
lol, Microsoft owned!.

I don't think it's appropriate to say that, considering what the message of these people is about.

I find it ironic that these particular Muslims think they're a force of good for their people and their God, even though their God forbids them from doing these sorts of things (same goes for Jews).

Meph said,

I don't think it's appropriate to say that, considering what the message of these people is about.

I find it ironic that these particular Muslims think they're a force of good for their people and their God, even though their God forbids them from doing these sorts of things (same goes for Jews).

i wouldve said something about the american troops goin for palestine and with that force of good stuff.. but i dont think its appropriate here =)..

Meph said,

I don't think it's appropriate to say that, considering what the message of these people is about.

I find it ironic that these particular Muslims think they're a force of good for their people and their God, even though their God forbids them from doing these sorts of things (same goes for Jews).

It is not about religion and never has been about religion. It is all about money. Religion is uses as a recurrent excuse to commit sin.

I don't understand how hacking/hijacking a website will force or encourage government to free Palestine?

Just pure stupidity!

SH3K0 said,
I don't understand how hacking/hijacking a website will force or encourage government to free Palestine?

Just pure stupidity!

just people making a statement =) demonstrations serve the same purpose.. and they still do it ..

It's a bit of a pathetic message they left, something I'd associate with an argument against a 12-year-old on a forum.

Both sites work fine here in Tel-Aviv, using Orange as ISP.
I guess this issue only occurs in some ISPs..?
Anyway, I never really understood how rough DNS servers can take the place of the proper ones...

Avi said,
Both sites work fine here in Tel-Aviv, using Orange as ISP.
I guess this issue only occurs in some ISPs..?
Anyway, I never really understood how rough DNS servers can take the place of the proper ones...

I'm in Israel and can see the hacked site.

Majesticmerc said,
Wasn't DNSSec supposed to prevent DNS hijacking?

This was most likely a social engineering hack, not a technical one.

.hasan said,

thats like blaming today's germans for what hitler did to the jews, only with little to no actual proof

add to that what happens TODAY in turkey regarding the Kurdish minority.

raindrop said,
add to that what happens TODAY in turkey regarding the Kurdish minority.

Minorities are always in trouble, african american people's katrina disaster etc...

cekicen said,

Minorities are always in trouble, african american people's katrina disaster etc...

comparing katrina to the kurdish situation? REALLY?

treemonster said,

comparing katrina to the kurdish situation? REALLY?

I'm sorry, you are right, kurdish situation is far more violent, Kurdish PKK killed over 40.000 Turkish citizens, including babies...

cekicen said,

I'm sorry, you are right, kurdish situation is far more violent, Kurdish PKK killed over 40.000 Turkish citizens, including babies...

the turkish military butcher the kurdish people while they are fighting for their independent, but you are correct, the turkish are not the only one that butcher minorities. unfortunately it happens in africa every day...

raindrop said,

the turkish military butcher the kurdish people while they are fighting for their independent, but you are correct, the turkish are not the only one that butcher minorities. unfortunately it happens in africa every day...

You are ..... hillarius, pkk terrorism is a fact, but turkish military butcher? what is this? even kurdish people can not believe this...

raindrop said,

the turkish military butcher the kurdish people while they are fighting for their independent, but you are correct, the turkish are not the only one that butcher minorities. unfortunately it happens in africa every day...

You cannot really talk about such a nobel cause when you talk about PKK. They killed thousands of people including Kurdish people themselves when they targeted civilliians. And not all PKK members are originated from Turkey, but also mainly from Iran, Iraq and Syria. So it is in a sense would be like Mexicans atacking the US because they want an independent Mexican state in the southern part of the US, because there are a lot of Mexicans living there.

However, through out the Turkish Republic's history Turks tried to assimilate Kurdish people, they ignored Kurdish reality and they were somehow fine with the fact that there were millions of Kurdish people who earned less than a dollar a day.

I call not allowing Kurdistan as Ataturk's biggest mistake.

By the way, when Turkey was founded it was an Isamic Republic. That's why muslim Kurds were not categorised as minorities and they didn't get any minority rights. All other minorities based on religon got their rights. However 3 years after it was founded it became secular.

.hasan said,

thats like blaming today's germans for what hitler did to the jews, only with little to no actual proof


Germans don't deny the holocaust tho, while Turkey hasn't recognized the Armenian genocide to this day.

epk said,

Germans don't deny the holocaust tho, while Turkey hasn't recognized the Armenian genocide to this day.

Israel does not recognize the Armenian Genocide either.

There are great differences between the two cases any way. What happened in Ottoman Empire was basically, Russia and Ottomans were having a war, and the Armenian Ottomans allied with the Russians and the Ottomans sent an army against the Armenians as a response to that. How the Armenian civilians were handled is another aspect of the whole thing of course.

One thing to note is, the incident with Armenians was never recognized as genocide by any country until what happened with the Jews, which is like 30 years after the Russian-Ottoman war.

It is sad to see the alliance of these two countries falling apart.

It is also rather strange to see Turkish people so concerned about Palestanians while they don't seem to care much about their own Kurdish people, which is about a quarter of the Turkish population.

ricknl said,
...It is also rather strange to see Turkish people so concerned about Palestanians while they don't seem to care much about their own Kurdish people, which is about a quarter of the Turkish population.

+1

Even their own ppl rights...

Neobond said,
A hacking group doesn't necessarily represent the views of an entire nation?

I agree there but things like this happen all the time; its not just hacking groups who are speaking out in this way.

The issues between these two nations go back decades - and I doubt that most people on either side do not even know why they are fighting eachother; It's allmost as if from birth their culture demands that they be enemies. I doubt that any kind of "peaceful" solution will ever be devised.

ricknl said,
It is sad to see the alliance of these two countries falling apart.

It is also rather strange to see Turkish people so concerned about Palestanians while they don't seem to care much about their own Kurdish people, which is about a quarter of the Turkish population.

Or Armenians or the genocides of some many ethnicities.

ricknl said,
It is sad to see the alliance of these two countries falling apart.

It is also rather strange to see Turkish people so concerned about Palestanians while they don't seem to care much about their own Kurdish people, which is about a quarter of the Turkish population.


God bless you my friend hehe

Turks are, well I don't think this is the right place for this discussion

ricknl said,
It is sad to see the alliance of these two countries falling apart.

It is also rather strange to see Turkish people so concerned about Palestanians while they don't seem to care much about their own Kurdish people, which is about a quarter of the Turkish population.


You are not objective and hiding awfull truths: Kurdish PKK killed over 40.000 Turkish citizens, including innocent babies...

cekicen said,

You are not objective and hiding awfull truths: Kurdish PKK killed over 40.000 Turkish citizens, including innocent babies...

I believe I am pretty much objective knowing the history very well. PKK and Kurdish people are two different things and Turkish government has a bad record about how they treat the Kurdish people.

Come on, up until recently it was illegal to give or take any kind of education in Kurdish.

ricknl said,

I believe I am pretty much objective knowing the history very well. PKK and Kurdish people are two different things and Turkish government has a bad record about how they treat the Kurdish people.

Come on, up until recently it was illegal to give or take any kind of education in Kurdish.


Most of kurdish people, including you are supporting PKK, hipocrat, you can not say i'm not supporting PKK in your kurdish circle, you will bannish or killed. Turkish bad education or any kind of bad threat does not justify killing people, terrorism. If you are supporting terrorism, you can not complain...

cekicen said,

Most of kurdish people, including you are supporting PKK, hipocrat, you can not say i'm not supporting PKK in your kurdish circle, you will bannish or killed. Turkish bad education or any kind of bad threat does not justify killing people, terrorism. If you are supporting terrorism, you can not complain...

I agree with you that PKK has been and is a terrorist organisation. I have always been talking about Kurdish people, not PKK.

And no, I am not Kurdish.

cekicen said,

Most of kurdish people, including you are supporting PKK, hipocrat, you can not say i'm not supporting PKK in your kurdish circle, you will bannish or killed. Turkish bad education or any kind of bad threat does not justify killing people, terrorism. If you are supporting terrorism, you can not complain...

What's wrong if he was Kurdish?!

ricknl said,
It is sad to see the alliance of these two countries falling apart.

It is also rather strange to see Turkish people so concerned about Palestanians while they don't seem to care much about their own Kurdish people, which is about a quarter of the Turkish population.

well, I think when you have a headache and your brother is burning in fire, which problem seems more serious ? ... (well, my relationship with my brother isn't the best and I think I'll let him be, but I think you got my point )