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June 18th, 2008

Photobucket DNS Records Hijacked By A Hacking Group

Photobucket, a very popular photo sharing site, had its DNS records hacked yesterday by a Turkish hacking group known for its defacement of the adult video site Redtube earlier this year.

Photobucket users across the world repored outages of the service and problems when trying to login to their accounts. A very similar incident happened to DNS records of, which redirected users to a third-party domain a few weeks ago.

The hacking group left a message that appears to have been loading from a third-party free hosting domain This web hosting service belongs to Zetta hosting solutions, and users of Photobucket attempting to access the site with the old DNS entries are still being redirected to a default hosting ad page within There are no reports of malware infections or stolen accounts as a result of this incident.

It seems Photobucket did not acknowledge the service suffered from hijacked DNS. Instead, Photobucket said nothing on their blog and website, and when the users started discussing this on Photobucket’s own support forums, according to a comment left by a Photobucket Forum Support representative, there was just a downtime of about one hour due to changed DNS entries:

On Tuesday afternoon, some users that typed in the URL were temporarily redirected to an incorrect page due to an error in our DNS hosting services. The error was fixed within an hour of its discovery, but due to the nature of the problem, some users will not have access to Photobucket for a few hours as the fix rolls out. It is important to note that only a portion of Photobucket users encountered the problem and that no Photobucket content, password information or other personal information was affected by the redirect.

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