Many Internet users in Vietnam have been unable to get access to google.com.vn since Monday afternoon, with a message displayed on their computer screen saying the site had been hacked whenever they tried to get to the address.
Those who attempt to access the homepage google.com.vn now will see this message:
“Hacked by Lizard Squad, greetz from antichrist, Brian Krebs, sp3c, Komodo, ryan, HTP & Rory Andrew Godfrey (holding it down in Texas) Buy DDOS @ http://lizardstresser.suFollow us on Twitter: @LizardCircle”
A photo of a man holding an iPhone and a video are also included in the message.
Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the hacking of Facebook and its photo-sharing app Instagram on January 27.
But Facebook refuted the claim later, saying it was briefly down because of configuration changes.
News website zing.vn cited many readers as saying that this seeming hack has affected a certain circle of users when they use the DNS of Google to get access to google.com.vn.
DNS stands for Domain Name System, which is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network.
DNS translates domain names to the numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of computer services and devices and it is an essential component of the functionality of most Internet services, as the system is the Internet's primary directory service.
Users can still use Google Search on their mobile devices while other services like YouTube, Google+, and Gmail are working properly, according to zing.vn.
Many users have also said on tinhte.vn, a major Vietnamese tech forum, that they saw the same message when trying to access google.com.vn.
Member cuhiep said he removed the DNS of Google and then the site worked normally, specifying the DNS as 220.127.116.11, 8.8.
Gamek.vn, a forum for online gamers, ran an article on Monday calling for caution from its members given the boldness of the hacking message since their computers might get compromised as well.
Google Vietnam has yet to give any comment on this incident.