NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, February 13, 2012

Cryptome Hacked Posted by Mikko @ 13:58 GMT

Cryptome.org is a website that has focused on publishing information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance. In many ways, Cryptome is similar to WikiLeaks — except it has been operating since 1996. The site is run by a New York based architect called John Young.


Cryptome has just announced it has been hacked. The hack planted an attack script on every page of Cryptome. This script used the infamous Blackhole toolkit to gain access to vulnerable computers that visited www.cryptome.org.

The attacker is not known. Neither is the mechanism that was used to breach Cryptome.

Updated to add: The post has been modified. The attack script specifically avoids targeting IP addresses from Google, to prevent Google Search from blacklisting the site. Originally this post speculated that the script worked the other way around, and that the attack was targeting Google. It wasn't. Sorry for the confusion.