Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Obama Site Hacked !

Yesterday I found this incredible article on zdnet.

According to Netcraft, a hacker exploited security flaws in Obama’s site to redirect traffic to Hillary Clinton’s site. Anyone that visited Obama’s community blogs section of the site was sent to Clinton.

The most amazing thing is that some ( called Mox ) confessed the fact in his own blog .


First, let me explain why I put hacked in quotation marks. It is because e what I did was not hacking in the sense that I burrowed into some dusty served and changed the Obama site and stole all your credit card numbers. All I did was exploit some poorly written HTML code.

So, you may be wondering, I never saw this hacking! Well, apparently someone videotaped it. http://youtube.com/watch?v=NKjomr1Afq0. You may also be wondering, how did you get Hillary’s site to appear where Obama’s should be. The answer to that is, through the magical world of Cross Site Scripting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-site_scripting.

You might be wondering, how did you get xss to work here? First, go to your manage blog tab. Then go to Edit Settings. You see how you can put anything you want as a blog URL? Well, its fixed now, but before you could put in any characters you wanted. Including >, “, and


Here the YouTube Demonstration.

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