USAID server hacked to serve up porno

Well, did that headline get your attention or what?

It seems that the Web site of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was well and truly hacked on Friday and Saturday to offer up a pretty impressive array of naughty stuff.

The agency, which seeks to provide economic, developmental and humanitarian assistance around the world in conjunction with the foreign policy goals of the US, is reported to have spotted the problem on Saturday and taken its Web servers offline.

US media reports on Friday night, however, suggest that the agency was blissfully unaware of the problem, which was related to the agency's Tanzania subdomain: Tanzania.usaid.gov.

The problem was discovered on Friday by Sunbelt's Patrick Jordan, who highlighted the porn hack in his blog post.

The bad news, of course, is that the hacked porn URLs didn't actually take users to pictures of people's naughty bits, but ended infecting their PCs with all sorts of nasty malware, including the Zlob trojan.

I've no idea how long the infected site was available on the public Internet, but I'd guess it was on open access for most of Friday...