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Company web names hijacked via outdated cloud DNS records

July 7, 2020

US security researcher Zach Edwards recently tweeted about finding 250 company website names that had been taken over by cybercriminals.

He didn’t name the brands, but insists that the organisations affected include banks, healthcare companies, restaurant chains, civil rights groups and more.

The issue here is that the websites themselves haven’t been hacked, but their DNS entries have.

These attacks, known as DNS hijacks, happen when crooks don’t actually break into and take over a site itself, but instead simply change the “internet signposts” that point to it.

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