Gaming sites being targeted with fake FBI take-downs

The FBI is warning that hackers may be using its name and logo to deface Web sites

Hackers have found a new way to deface a Web site: The phony FBI take-down.

Late last week a "handful" of Web sites were hacked and then defaced with a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seal as well as an antipiracy warning claiming that the site had been seized by the law enforcement organization, said Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman.

The sites being hacked were mostly gaming sites, he said.

Bresson declined to say what Web sites had been hit with the attacks, and he couldn't say what might have prompted these hacks. "I'm not sure if it's financially motivated," he said. "I'm not sure what their motive would be."

In some cases, hackers also changed domain name registration information to make it look as if the FBI now owned the Web site, he added.

Although these attacks are not widespread, the FBI is concerned any time its name is misused, Bresson said.

A sparsely worded advisory on the attacks was published Friday by the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a joint effort between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

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