The website of soccer superstar David Beckham was apparently defaced over the weekend, according to Sophos's Graham Cluely.
An odd image greeted visitors to DavidBeckham.com on Sunday, the same day that Beckham welcomed his newborn daughter Harper Seven. The vandal replaced the site's header photograph with one of a dog sniffing at a large advertisement for dog food. The photo's caption read, "'ScooterDAshooter = FAIL."
The Daily Beast notes that accessing and defacing a celebrity's personal website is a relatively simple task for a digital saboteur:
The feat of slipping into a website's administrator environment is a far smaller job than, say, actually hacking into the CIA's secret databases. Acts like these might be better compared to a kind of digital graffiti, where the culprits may spray-paint their names on the web equivalent of a highway overpass for all bystanders to see.
Metro writes that "ScooterDAshooter" could probably have carried out a more malicious attack, though this one seems to have been merely an act of vandalism.
"This attack is part of a worrying trend in web attacks, as it is only a matter of time before criminals choose to use celebrity websites to distribute malware to unsuspecting visitors," Outpost24's senior security consultant John Stock told the Register. "If this hacker had chosen to place malware on Beckham's site, the implications could have been highly embarrassing, especially with the recent news of the birth of Harper Seven likely to lead to a spike in visitor numbers."
Beckham's site has been restored, but Cluley snagged a screenshot of the hacker's handiwork before it was removed. Visit Sophos to take a look.