Hackers try to hijack Facebook, other high profile domains through registrar

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers that has hijacked other high-profile domain names, managed to change the domain registration information for Facebook.com, but failed to redirect the domain to a different server.

The hackers posted screen shots Thursday on Twitter from what appeared to be the administration panel of a San Francisco-based company called MarkMonitor that manages domain names on behalf of large enterprises. The company’s services focus on online brand protection and anticounterfeiting.

MarkMonitor’s domain management service “ensures domains are safe with a ‘hardened’ portal and a full suite of premium security solutions, including advanced security measures at the registrar level — and, security services to lock domains down to the registry level,” the company’s website says.

It seems that SEA targeted MarkMonitor in order to attack Facebook in particular as the company celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday. The group used the MarkMonitor control panel to modify the WHOIS information for facebook.com, changing the domain’s contact address to Damscus, Syria.[More-CW]