Defacement archive Zone-h.org has become the victim of a domain hijack attack.
Initially we thought the site had been defaced, however Zone-h co-founder Roberto Preatoni has been in touch to explain that its DNS settings were illicitly changed to point at a site carrying a "screw you" message, posted by a gang of defacers from Saudi Arabia.
"The website wasn't technically hacked, the attacker gained instead access to the registrant authority admin panel through which zone-h was registered and from there they changed the DNS settings, redirecting the domain name to a different IP. This IP connected a webserver mounting the defacement page," Preatoni explained.
The DNS settings of the site have been set back to their original values which will allow surfers to visit zone-h.org as normal after the correct values propagate across the internet, a process that can sometimes take a few hours. Undoing the unauthorised changes took 48 hours, a length of time Preatoni blames on the time it took its registering authority to analyse the problem.