The online world is buzzing with news that Comcast, America’s second biggest Internet Service Provider was hacked as service came to a standstill.
Many people, when trying to log on to Comcast found a blank white screen with bold pink letters saying:
KRYOGENIKS EBK and DEFIANT RoXed COMCAST
sHouTz To VIRUS Warlock elul21 coll1er seven and Slacker
Was Comcast just a big target for a hack or was this a BitTorrent revenge attack as some folks have speculated?
It is well known that Comcast has annoyed a large portion of its customer base by going as far as banning BitTorrent traffic and curtailing the use of the popular Peer-2-Peer networks and that this could be a form of revenge by the hackers.
There is much speculation about who the culprits are as the prank is said to have been perpetrated by two young hackers eager to make a name for themselves. There are also rumors circulating that the group responsible for the hack previously targeted Justin Timberlake and Hilary Duff, though this may only be speculation.
There were concerns that the hackers may have accessed customer’s email accounts but this doesn’t appear to have happened, and it would seem that the motivations of the hackers was not for any monetary gain but rather as a kind of revenge tactic.
This highlights the apparent ease with which hackers and senders of viruses can disrupt services. Think about it – if America’s second biggest ISP is at risk then what does that mean for you and I?