View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Cybersecurity
November 26, 2012

Tech giants targeted in Pakistani hacks

Google, Apple and Microsoft websites among 300 attacked

By CBR Staff Writer

About 300 websites, including Google, Apple and Microsoft, have been hacked and defaced by hackers. According to reports the attacks were carried out by hackers in Pakistan and Turkey.

During the attacks,,, and were among many sites that were taken offline. A Pakistani Hackers’ group said it exploited weaknesses in the PKNIC, which supervises domains for the country including .com, .pk and, in order to deface the websites.

Other leading websites which have been affected include Cisco, Visa, HSBC, Coca Cola, Blogspot, Sony, HP, eBay and PayPal.

According to ProPakistani, the group revealed that PKNIC servers have been vulnerable to boolean-based blind sql injection, time-based blind sql injection, cross site scripting and sensitive directory disclosure.

The reports also revealed that the hacker who hit Google’s site was the same one responsible for several thousand other website defacements.

Content from our partners
Green for go: Transforming trade in the UK
Manufacturers are switching to personalised customer experience amid fierce competition
How many ends in end-to-end service orchestration?

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.