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Three Charged For Comcast Security Breach Last Year

Three hackers have been charged by federal indictment over their alleged involvement in infiltrating the security of and subsequently redirecting the visitors of the website to web pages under their control a year back.

The hacker gang, called “Kryogeniks”, modified the DNS records and is estimated to have inflicted monetary damages worth $128,000.

The FBI identified Christopher Allen Lewis, 19, from Newark, Robert Black Jr., 20, from Tumwater, and Michael Paul Nebel, 27, from Kalamazoo, as the members of the cyber-gang in question that attacked the website on 28 May, 2008.

The indictment further noted that the accused hackers simply continued to modify the company’s DNS records even after its employees tried to bring back the situation to normalcy.

Consequently, Comcast customers were being directed to a website showing the message: “KRYOGENIKS Defiant and EBK RoXed COMCAST sHouTz to VIRUS Warlock elul21 coll1er seven”.

According to the indictment, the hackers seized control over the company’s DNS records with the help of a couple of phone calls and an email sent to Comcast’s domain registrar, Network Solutions, using a compromised Comcast email account.

If proved guilty, the hackers would face prison term of up to five years, along with financial penalties of around $250,000 each, and $100 special evaluation, as well as three years of monitored release after the imprisonment.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.