Brazilian hackers target Microsoft sites

The hackers defaced the MSNBC Sports Scoreboard site and evidence of the hack was still apparent as of Friday morning, according to a mirror image of the site defacement. Prime Suspectz slapped a picture of a nuclear explosion, tagged the image with the Prime Suspectz logo and offered a caption that partially read in Portuguese: "Prepare yourself for the Prime Suspectz marathon."

According to Attrition.org, the defacement did not show up at all times because the MSNBC site is run on a server farm. It only loaded up after repeatedly refreshing the Web page.

MSNBC spokesman Peter Dorogoff said security officials discovered the defacement of the Scoreboard site Friday morning. A third party runs the servers that house the Scoreboard and they were taken offline once the hack was discovered. By about 11 a.m. PDT, everything was back to normal, he said. The hack did nothing to the main MSNBC site, Dorogoff said. He said he was unaware of any other hacks done to MSNBC.

In addition to the MSNBC site, Prime Suspectz on Thursday also defaced the Web sites of Microsoft subsidiaries in Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the UK, according to Attrition.org. On each defacement, Prime Suspectz boasted that it "owns MS" and, on at least two of the sites, stated that "Brazil Rulez."

Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said the Microsoft Mexico and Saudi Arabia sites were restored and corrected almost immediately. The Microsoft UK site was hacked in the middle of the night and was restored relatively quickly, he said. Third-parties run the sites for Microsoft in Mexico and the UK and they are not connected to its Washington-based corporate network, he said. No consumer data was compromised by the three defacements, Desler said.

Prime Suspectz has made Microsoft a target in the past. It hacked the Microsoft New Zealand site in January.

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