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Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Mon Nov 29, 2004 2:41 pm

Weird.

Looks like someone hacked into Philippine Airlines' website. Once you click on http://www.philippineairlines.com, instead of the homepage being displayed, you will see a black background with the words "Kernel Attack" written in red grafitti.

Someone must not be a PAL fan.  Insane
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSit

Mon Nov 29, 2004 2:45 pm

Here's a screen shot of it.
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Mon Nov 29, 2004 3:43 pm

Let's count the hours till this problem is fixed....

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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Mon Nov 29, 2004 4:16 pm

Not done by a terribly clever person, seems they have just linked the image too their geocites web site

http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/kernel_attack

 
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Mon Nov 29, 2004 4:41 pm

What does Kernel Attack mean?
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:01 pm

Didn't the Airtran website get hacked into at one time?
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Mon Nov 29, 2004 7:23 pm

This and any other hacker should be locked up for years for doing this kind of stuff.
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Mon Nov 29, 2004 7:29 pm


The importance that airline websites have nowadays...in terms of financial benefits in reservations, etc...this person should be locked up and sued by Phillipine Airlines' lawyers.

I agree with the geocities account, extremely clever  Insane
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSit

Mon Nov 29, 2004 9:37 pm

Just because the image links to a Geocities site does not mean that the offending IP can necessarily be traced. A good hacker can get around such issues.

As for the legality of this, I personally don't believe that making money is the most important, nor the most socially significant ambition in the world. I believe that hacking has a place in our culture for social and political expression. Now, I don't think this is an example of thoughtful hacking - I think it's just some loser having a bit of fun - but to say that hacking is inherently illegitimate fails to acknowledge the practice in its more positive dimensions.

There will always be a place for subversion. Hegemony is a dangerous balancing act.
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSit

Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:43 pm

Well it's been more than 24 hours later and the site now appears to be down. Perhaps they are rectifying the problem at this moment. My first thought whenever I see or hear about airline sites (or merchant sites) being hacked into is how vulnerable these sites truly are. Subversion is certainly a possibility - maybe it's an inside job or done by someone who has had previous employment with PAL's web department. Anyway, think of the multitude of information such as credit card info (supposedly encrypted?) and other vital data (ie. possible access to flight schedules and times, etc) that could potentially be compromised as a result.

Another good point is the revenue that is lost as a result of the downtime caused by the attack.

Crazyboi, I'm trying to follow your rationale. Are you saying that it's completely acceptable to perform hegemomic acts as long as it's done to, in this case, websites that don't involve making money, or sites that don't see money as the ultimate goal, thus subduing the legalities of the act and it being accepted as a perfectly normal for of political and/or social expression? Because if that's the case, then I don't think it's necessarily a very healthy way to express one's self and one's stance on money-making businesses. I myself don't see money as "the most socially significant ambition in the world" as well however I don't think my way of socially expressing myself should come at the expense of others.
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Tue Nov 30, 2004 2:04 pm

It's probably someone in the Philippines, they have pretty liberal laws on computer hacking. Or they used to...

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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSit

Tue Nov 30, 2004 2:54 pm

Hi Trickijedi,

I guess I don't totally understand your question. Web hacking is usually anti-hegemonic, challenging the predominance (hegemony) of an organization, or individual, or ideology. The Philippine Airlines website, of course, does involve commerce and I do think that it's unfortunate that the airline would suffer from this sort of senseless (literally) action.

I'm just saying that we live in an age in which it's increasingly difficult to challenge big business and big government in North America. I don't necessarily appreciate the things that hackers do, but I'm glad that the internet is not immune to this element of counterculture. I certainly don't condone hacking that's intended for stealing money or information.

I guess my piece was mainly directed at N754pr's comment. I'm just saying that not all hacking is the same, and not all hacking is done for the same ignorant or criminal reasons.
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Tue Nov 30, 2004 3:01 pm

I think many of the world's hackers or developers of deadly viruses are now hired by big name IT software development companies writing codes. This reminds me of the person who wrote the CIH virus (Taiwanese dude) and I believe after being tracked down the Taiwanese gov't commended him and some company offered him a job or something along this line.
 
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:13 pm

777ER - a Kernel is the core of a computer systems operating system, typically on a UNIX based system, a "Kernel Attack" would be some form of interference with these procedures.

In the case of this site, it's just the name that the lame assed hacker has chosen to "brand" himself as

 
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RE: Someone Hacked Into Philippine Airlines WebSite

Tue Nov 30, 2004 6:38 pm

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