Irish Google and Yahoo sites hijacked

Ireland’s Internet domain authority said that Irish pages belonging to Yahoo and Google were hijacked Tuesday following an unauthorized change to their registrar’s account.

The IE Domain Registry, which administers Ireland’s .ie Internet code, said in a statement that visitors to two high-profile Irish sites were redirected to “allegedly fraudulent addresses” on Tuesday. The registry didn’t identify the sites by name, but Irish Internet users flooded the Web with complaints about www.google.ie and www.yahoo.ie .

Google said in a statement that some users might be having trouble accessing its Irish site and said it was working to fix the problem. Yahoo did not immediately return several messages seeking comment.

San Francisco-based MarkMonitor, the registrar responsible for both addresses, blamed lax standards at the Irish registry level for the incident. That was a sentiment backed by Michele Neylon, the chief executive of Ireland’s Blacknight Web hosting company.

“It wouldn’t be that hard to hijack a high-profile .ie domain name,” he said in a telephone interview. “What happened today could’ve been a lot worse and could happen to any number of big names.”

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