Like Google in Vietnam, Lenovo tripped up by a DNS attack
The redirection of both Lenovo’s website and Google’s main search page for Vietnam this week highlights weaknesses with the Internet’s addressing system.
On Wednesday, visitors to lenovo.com were greeted with what appeared to be webcam images of a bored young man sitting in a bedroom, and the song “Breaking Free” from an old Disney movie. On Monday, Google’s site for Vietnam also briefly redirected people to another website.
Both Google and Lenovo were victims of “domain hijacking,” a type of attack against the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates domain names into IP addresses that can be called into a browser.