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4/22/2008

Obama Site Redirected to the Clinton Campaign

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 7:44 pm



The Washington Post reports:

On the eve of the presidential primary in Pennsylvania, an online prankster leveraged a security vulnerability on Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign Web site to redirect visitors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign site.

According to Symantec, someone embedded computer code into a posting on the Obama blog. The content in this case targeted cross-site scripting flaw (XSS), an exceedingly common type of vulnerability that can be used to automatically redirect Web browsers viewing the affected page to another site.

The redirect was posted shortly after the Obama site was listed at xssed.com, a collaborative online archive of cross-site scripting vulnerabilities present in thousands of Web sites.

The Post apparently doesn’t assign any political meaning to this; it breaks the news in a column about security fixes.

To me, it’s just one more dirty trick among dozens that can’t be traced back to Hillary.

4 Responses to “Obama Site Redirected to the Clinton Campaign”

  1. Mccain did it!

    Jem (4cdfb7)

  2. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  3. If he can’t protect his own web site, how can he protect the United States of America?

    But seriously, it was such a simple hack that you can’t trace it back to any campaign. It was just a lark by a script kiddie.

    Daryl Herbert (4ecd4c)

  4. “To me, it’s just one more dirty trick among dozens that can’t be traced back to Hillary.”

    This makes me think its not that correct to trace it back to hillary:

    “The redirect was posted shortly after the Obama site was listed at xssed.com, a collaborative online archive of cross-site scripting vulnerabilities present in thousands of Web sites.”

    The article also mentions hillary’s site was vulnerable to the same attack.

    stef (442fd4)


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