BREAKING: Confirmed: Yahoo.com Domain Hacked in Many Arab Countries

4 Aug, 2010

Updated: Confirmed by many users in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Morocco. more below. Yahoo.com is offering redirect to this like (http://nxd.search.yahoo.com/404handler?src=topdomain&fr=404_topdomain&url=xa.yahoo.com/)

It seems that Yahoo.com is under DNS hijack, at least here in Jordan and Saudi Arabia:

We are not sure if this is the case in other countries but a sources told Arab tech blog Teedoz that the hacker is from Saudi Arabia. Yahoo Maktoob.com domain remains safe.

Stay tuned for more detail, in the mean while please let us know Yahoo’s domain situation at your country.

Update1: uk.yahoo.com works in Jordan where the writer of this post lives. One other user confirmed that Yahoo.com is hacked in Jordan

Update 2: Users in Morocco and Bahrain told AC that they have the same problem.

Update 3: Egypt too as the comment below.

Update 4: Qatar joins the list, Algeria working fine as user report.

Update 5: Kuwait and UAE joins the list.

Update 6: Syria and Lebanon joins the list.

Update 7: now it is back in Jordan, Syria and some other Arab countries as of 7:56 pm GMT.

Update 8: Yahoo released the following statement:

“Reports that Yahoo! experienced a denial of service attack in some Arab countries are inaccurate. Some users in the region experienced a redirect, the issue was identified and fixed.”

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  1. Younes  |  August 4th, 2010 at 6:45 PM #

    In Bahrain as well

  2. Gaith Saqer  |  August 4th, 2010 at 6:50 PM #

    thanks for the update

  3. Bahaa Salama  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:01 PM #

    in egypt it redirects to http://search.yahoo.com/web?fr=404_topdomain
    as the url says
    fr == from
    404_topdomain == error on yahoo.com page not found

  4. Bahaa Salama  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:16 PM #

    that was using opendns ^^^^^^^^^^

  5. Zubair  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:27 PM #

    Yahoo.com is not working in UAE at least since 12p-UTC

  6. Gaith Saqer  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:30 PM #

    thanx keep tipping :)

  7. Bashar Al-Abdulhadi  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:31 PM #

    and Kuwait too

  8. Bashar Al-Abdulhadi  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:33 PM #

    normal shows:
    Invalid URL

    The requested URL “/7/32/11247/000/404handler?src=topdomain&fr=404_topdomain&url=xa.yahoo.com/”, is invalid.
    Reference #9.c5c74dd4.1280943137.5d31cc7

    using google’s 8.8.8.8 shows default mini search page like google with the URL http://search.yahoo.com/web?fr=404_topdomain

  9. Gaith Saqer  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:38 PM #

    Thanks Bashar and Zubair

  10. Usamah  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:41 PM #

    Works normally from Sudan, but the website takes longer than usual to load.

  11. Mahmoud  |  August 4th, 2010 at 7:59 PM #

    Dude thanks, I thought it’s a virus attack which redirects my links but then found it’s only yahoo before reading your article and be 100% sure, you saved me hours of virus scanning :P

  12. Israa El-sakka  |  August 4th, 2010 at 8:01 PM #

    I was told that Yahoo mobile is working well . but yahoo web is crashed .,. I can’t log to yahoo in Qatar

  13. Alaa M  |  August 4th, 2010 at 8:23 PM #

    now back in jordan

  14. ahmad  |  August 4th, 2010 at 8:26 PM #

    it’s work in UAE!!

  15. Zubair  |  August 4th, 2010 at 8:41 PM #

    Now its back in UAE atleast

  16. Sardar Mohkim Khan  |  August 4th, 2010 at 9:02 PM #

    woah – when did this happen? I have been so out of touch with Yahoo in the last one year that this one didn’t catch my attention – thanks Gaith for sharing this !

  17. Dr.Mohammed  |  August 5th, 2010 at 1:22 AM #

    its back!

  18. Omar  |  August 5th, 2010 at 8:08 AM #

    It was hacked in Oman as well, now it’s back

  19. Internet Guy  |  August 5th, 2010 at 8:28 PM #

    You guys are all retarded. Yahoo wasn’t hacked, they are redirecting non-existent domains to their search engine. Get a clue.

  20. Rami Taibah  |  August 9th, 2010 at 11:30 PM #

    I am probably late to the party. But this has nothing to do with hacking or hijacking or anything. If you point your browser to yahoo.com and it goes to whatever.yahoo.com that means that DNS translated yahoo.com properly, and that yahoo.com was pushing you to a subdomain whatever.yahoo.com.

    Sorry but this is a non-story. Or at least should be reported as a faux pas from yahoo’s part.

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