Case in point: The main portal of the Royal Government of Bhutan, www.bhutan.gov.bt. The portal has a pretty good page ranking by Google (6 out of 10). When a website with a good ranking has links to other websites, Google sees these links as recommendations, and so it improves the ranking of the linked sites.
Apparently, hackers were eager to take advantage of RGoB's ranking. So what did they do? They silently broke into the website and changed the content of pages to include links to websites that they wish to promote.
Take a look at the following source code snippet from RGoB's home page (by the way, if you want to view the source code of any web page, open that page in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, then click Ctrl-U. If you are using Internet Explorer, click on View, then Source).
|Hackers are taking advantage of RGoB's portal|
Here is a partial list of other Bhutanese websites that are currently being used in a similar manner, and serving as hosts to parasite links. All these hidden links, by the way, point to Turkish websites.
- Office of the Attorney General
- Thimphu City Corporation
- Bhutan Climate Summit
- National Soil Services Centre
- Local Developent Learning Intitute
- Department of Trade
- Bajothang HSS
- Yangchenphug HSS
- Agriculture Marketing and Enterprise Promotion Program
Hat tip to our reader Anonymuse , who provided the impetus for this post.