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Craigslist Hack Redirects Visitors to Other Sites

Craigslist said visitors to its site were redirected to other sites on Sunday evening. The cause was due to a hack of one of its domain registrars rather than the classifieds site itself.

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster published a post on the Craigslist blog stating that the craigslist domain name service (DNS) records maintained at one of its domain registrars were compromised at 5 pm PST Sunday evening.

“This issue has been corrected at the source, but many internet service providers (ISPs) cached the false DNS information for several hours, and some may still have incorrect information,” Buckmaster explained.

The issue appears to have been first reported by TheDomains.com.

SecurityWeek.com explained the ins and outs of where users were directed (at one time visitors were apparently redirected to the New York Times website). And it warned that users might need to clear their Browser Cache or Flush their DNS Cache to force the new settings to correctly resolve the DNS requests faster.

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Security Week also said such hacks rarely affect customer data. Craigslist did not respond to our request for more information.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.