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Bad guys hijack several .edu and .gov sites

Jan 13, 20112 mins
Data and Information Security

Be careful when you visit government and education sites. I just got this message from Rich Mullikin, PR man for security vendor Zscaler:

Zscaler researchers just posted a blog today about the recent activity where a lot of high profile .EDU and .GOV where hijacked to redirect users to fake online stores. Google searches related to buying software (“buy windows 7 key”, “where to buy Microsoft”, “purchase microsoft word”, “buy microsoft office”, etc.) contain a long list of websites running on non-standard ports:,, >, etc. These links redirect users to online stores which claim to sell software at a discounted price.

The list of hijacked sites include:

• Harvard (Alexa rank in US: 875,

• MIT (Alexa rank in US: 963,,,

• Stanford (rank 782,,,

• Fandango (rank 236,

There are also governmental sites in the list, from US, China and other countries:







• etc.

Here’s the blog post by Zscaler’s Julien Sobrier:

–Bill Brenner