Realm of the Mad God Domain Name Stolen
Yesterday at around 6:24PM central time, realmofthemadgod.com was hijacked by a group calling themselves swatsec. A mibbit chat was embedded to direct visitors to AfraidIRC (and later on Freenode).
Our staff members at AfraidIRC had to constantly let people visiting know that we are not affiliated with the game or the company behind it, and also let people know that we had nothing to do with the hijacking. Other than being a minor annoyance, since we didn’t actually know what was going on at first, that really wasn’t all that bad.Last time I checked, about an hour after our chat being up on Realm of the Mad God, the chat was now directed to Freenode’s #Ubuntu support channel.
Interestingly enough, another link was posted to us where a text file was left by the thieves, talking about swatting. The group behind the hijacking is swatsec, so that really isn’t very shocking.
After hijacking the domain, the group pointed it to a server hosted by Ecatel. You can contact Ecatel about the abusive use of their services by email at [email protected]. Be sure to let them know that the IP address of the server being abused is: 126.96.36.199.
Aside from pointing the domain to a new server so that they could appear to have hacked Kabam & defaced RotMG, the domain name registration information was also changed to reflect that of Ryan Cleary who was charged in 2011 with crimes related to lulzsec.
According to some of the posts I’ve seen on Reddit, before the group started putting up chat pages on the page, they were also attempting to sell source code that they allegedly stole from the servers. I assume their plans of extortion failed when people started to realize that the company’s servers were not actually hacked.