[ISN] NASA, Stanford sites hit by search engine scammers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 02:34:03 -0500 (CDT)

By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
May 9, 2011

Scammers looking to flog cheap software have hacked Web pages on 
high-profile websites, including those belonging to NASA and Stanford 

NASA, just a week away from its penultimate space shuttle launch, has 
now removed dozens of Web pages that popped up on its Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory website. They were used to flog low-cost versions of Adobe's 
Creative Suite and other products, according to cached versions of the 
pages, still viewable on Google.

The scammers loaded up the Web pages with nonsense text (a sample: "Edit 
buy adobe premiere pro cs4 some callouts and balloons to make this time 
it took you and saved you a long time") and links to many other hacked 

Affected sites included those for NASA, Stanford University, Syracuse 
University and Northeastern University. NASA had cleaned up its site 
Monday, but others, including Stanford, had not. Visitors to those sites 
could encounter the hacked pages even if they weren't looking for cheap 


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