Visitors of the country’s official website were greeted by the slapstick character Mr Bean as the official website was defaced by malicious hackers.The representative for Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero confirmed the defacement of www.eu2010.es but insisted that the website was never compromised and was left untouched,therefore the act was more or less was a stunt.
The act was done using a Cross-site Scripting attack which injects custom unauthorized content into vulnerable websites.People who tried to visit the PM's site site were briefly met by an image of Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson. Comparisons between the appearance of Spain's leader and the buffoon have been a long-standing joke.
While the hack was relatively harmless XSS, or cross-site scripting holes can be exploited to inject malicious code into visitors' browsers that steal authentication credentials or redirect victims to malicious websites.Recently the frequency of XSS attacks have quite increased and may pose a potential threat to major websites of the world.
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