Microsoft's Irish website defaced

Microsoft's Irish domain, Microsoft.ie, has been defaced by a group calling themselves the "terrorist crew".

The page is used as a re director to http://www.microsoft.com/en/ie/default.aspx. The group involved are believed to be Turkish hackers.

Microsoft has a history of having its websites defaced, in 2004 Microsoft.com was defaced and during 2007 Microsoft UK was defaced and hacked. Earlier this year it was revealed that thousands of sites that run Microsoft's web server IIS had been hacked due to a SQL server injection.

According to a netcraft report, Microsoft.ie runs on Windows Server 2003 and is hosted by Novara Shared Hosting.

Thanks to Robin Blandford whose Tweet made Neowin aware of this story.

At the time of writing the site was still sitting live and defaced but for those that might read this a little late here's a screenshot:

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They should have done more damage. Defacing and forcing advertisements on a Microsoft webpage is ironic and sudden but not as funny as destroying one of their servers or lowering the sale price of Vista like someone else had mentioned.

Uhh... "Terrorist Crew"? How original!

They spent all that time hacking Microsoft's Website and all they do is leave their calling card? How boring.

luckily i was on business trip in istanbul ( constantinapole ) right now and can't see any hackers around .

I' ve checked the latest Zone-H.org Top Attackers list Dec 2008*
No Attacker Single Def. Mass Def. Total Def. Country.
1 iskorpitx 25214 193817 219031 (Turkey)
2 Fatal Error 11265 23135 34400 (Brasil)
3 GHoST61 10501 10689 21190 (Turkey)
4 1923Turk 9146 23630 32776 (Turkey)
5 SPYKIDS 8717 21750 30467 (Turkey)
6 aLpTurkTegin 7636 18565 26201 (Turkey)
7 caprazates.org 7305 6830 14135 (Turkey)
8 BeLa 7280 5335 12615 (Turkey)
9 Secrethackers.org 7188 1425 (Turkey)
10 Thehacker 7097 35923 43020 (Turkey)

9 out of 10 Turks .are those guys printing hackes or smt????

Why do people keep doing this anyway? I don't think I'd ever admire someone who does this, it has no sense. Admiring nonsense o.O and they think their friends will like them for this?

Pure crap, I wish I could see these so called 'hackers' in real life...

They are Turks alright. The last sentence means "happy holiday" and we are celebrating one now. I can't understand why they keep hacking whatever they can

Wow, get these hackers some flash/silverlight lessons so they can do somthing better then that. A nice intro with music, "We are the terrorist crew, the terrorist crew, the terrorist crew....".

So um...why are turkish hackers claiming to be terrorists hacking an Irish portal?

And why does it say "finally"? Have they been working on this for some time?

As someone who actually is Irish, I really wouldn't have bothered with this and I'm always up for a lawl at the Irish's expensse =S

Well, what else are you gonna do in mom's basement all day long when not even McDonald's will hire you?

What's the difference between mistake an a lie?
If you correct someone and he still tells the same wrong thing, then he's a liar.

This "submission" says:

Earlier this year it was revealed that thousands of sites that run Microsoft's web server IIS had been hacked due to an undocumented flaw in IIS.

What's fun is that this passage is wrong by itself since it's clearly linking to the article titled "Hundreds of Thousands of Microsoft Web Servers Hacked". But it's not the only lie. Let's actually look at the linked neowin article and READ:
To begin with, our investigation has shown that there are no new or unknown vulnerabilities being exploited. This wave is not a result of a vulnerability in Internet Information Services or Microsoft SQL Server. We have also determined that these attacks are in no way related to Microsoft Security Advisory (951306).

The attacks are facilitated by SQL injection exploits and are not issues related to IIS 6.0, ASP, ASP.Net or Microsoft SQL technologies.


Anti-MS zombies are spreading. They want to take your brrrraaaaaiinss.

I bet their balls have grown those crackers, hackers is incorrect.

Telling all their on-line buds what they have done.

I know what tool I prefer to use.

leesmithg said,
...those crackers, hackers is incorrect.

Are you sure?
Crackers = Those who remove copy protection from games, etc.
Hackers = Those who gain unauthorised entry to computer systems to cause damage or steal information.

Hackers seems the right term to me.

TCLN Ryster said,
Are you sure?
Crackers = Those who remove copy protection from games, etc.
Hackers = Those who gain unauthorised entry to computer systems to cause damage or steal information.

Hackers seems the right term to me.


Actually you have it wrong, the original poster is accurate...

Crackers = People who maliciously gain access to computing systems or otherwise use technology to circumvent some protection (illegally accessing networks, cracking game copy protection, etc.)

http://www.answers.com/topic/cracker-technology

Hackers = Programmers. Any programmer is by definition a hacker.

http://www.answers.com/topic/hacker-technology

F---k the terms, they're hackers.

Now everyone can stand in awe as the language of today changes right before their very eyes. :P

Ugh... The original poster is right, "hacker" is a term that's completely overused, and these guys don't qualify.
Black-hat hackers are, on the other hand, the people you want to be really afraid of. Not these guys.

Frazell Thomas said,
Actually you have it wrong, the original poster is accurate...

Crackers = People who maliciously gain access to computing systems or otherwise use technology to circumvent some protection (illegally accessing networks, cracking game copy protection, etc.)

http://www.answers.com/topic/cracker-technology

Hackers = Programmers. Any programmer is by definition a hacker.

http://www.answers.com/topic/hacker-technology


You crack the copy protection software in games, therefore those that do that are crackers. You hack into a computer sytem, therefore the people that do that are hackers. It just common sense.

dictionary.com:

hackâ‹...er
   /ˈhækÉ™r/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [hak-er] Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1. a person or thing that hacks.
2. Slang. a person who engages in an activity without talent or skill: weekend hackers on the golf course.
3. Computer Slang.
a. a computer enthusiast.
b. a microcomputer user who attempts to gain unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems.

I think 3b enphasises my point quite nicely, although in fairness it does have a similar definition for crackers too.

Words and language change depending how people use it... just because a site has a certain definition does not necessarily make it the right term for everyday use. In this case I think the term hackers is appropriate especially as the team self proclaim to of"hacked" the site.

The original definition is that hacker builds, cracker destroys.

But the media usage has made people think hackers means the other. But since Neowin is some sort of media, it is allowed to use the term hackers, or some people would be confused.

IIS flaw?

IIS has had a virtually spotless security record since 2003. Only about 3 or 4 security vulnerabilities discovered since then.

if its a redirect url it could be even just affecting that... I love it how its an instant jump to blame IIS... The day microsoft.com gets taken... is the day someone can start being proud...