LG hacked - website defaced to show simulated intrusion

Filed Under: Featured, Video, Vulnerability

One of the Australian websites belonging to global electronics giant LG has been hacked by a collective calling itself the Intra Web Security Exploit Team.

According to Asher Moses of the Sydney Morning Herald, the site, lge dot com dot au, was pwned over the weekend, and was still in embarrassing post-hack distress this morning:

The attackers replaced the site with some lightly-obfuscated JavaScript. The script pretends to be conducting an injection attack as you watch, whilst an expletive-laden track by nerdcore hacker-rapper BeWiz plays in the background.

(The BeWiz track is called TwistedWanted. I'm not sure if that's a reference to Twisted Matrix, the event-driven networking engine written in Python, to UK indie music company Twisted Music, or something else. Listening to BeWiz's whole track was a mission I was unwilling to accept.)

When the simulated attack is complete, the attackers announce, perhaps not without some justification:

It seems as though your website has been hacked.

How did we get past your security?

What security? ;)

The LGE site was taken off the air mid-afternoon Sydney time:

It's back now, redirecting to an apparently-unsullied www.lg.com/au.

To see what the hacked site looked like, I've made a very short video. The video is silent to spare you the BeWiz backing track, and I've tweaked the Javascript slightly to fit the cramped confines of the video window below. I've also removed the list of contributors which appears at the end. (Sorry, chaps. Your handles simply wouldn't fit, so you'll have to remain anonymous, if you will pardon the pun. Or insult, depending on your viewpoint.)

(Enjoy this video? Why not check out the SophosLabs YouTube channel?)

Don't end up in this sort of situation. Being defaced is bad enough, but at least you can see what's gone wrong and take action to fix it.

Most cybercrooks don't seek publicity by advertising your insecurity. They take what they can get and deliberately avoid drawing attention to themselves. You might become aware of their intrusion only after your customers' personal information has been sold on underground forums and used to commit fraud or identity theft.

For more information on securing your website, download the SophosLabs technical paper "Securing Websites". In addition to advice on common attack techniques including SQL injection, the paper also discusses establishing a secure foundation for your site and how to deal with external service providers.

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3 Responses to LG hacked - website defaced to show simulated intrusion

  1. Cheryl · 1443 days ago

    Many companies could employ hackers to strengthen their security, I know some do. I believe what happened in this case was a good thing for LG Australia, How would LG Australia they know how secure they were if this didn't happen.

  2. Nick Nikiforakis · 1443 days ago

    In Section 5 of the technical report, first bullet point of "Breaking the code" section, do you mean "Always *disable* global variables"?

    • Whoops. That's an error in the technical paper. We're in the process of revamping the paper - may take a week or two.

      Thanks for getting in touch.

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Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog