I noticed some broken links to images, so I tried to log into Photobucket.com today and I got the following message:
IMPORTANT! Photobucket.com problem read here:
Last night Photobucket.com DNS at register.com was hacked by malicious people that are trying to compromise our business!
We are in no way affiliated with such bad deeds and cooperate with photobucket in capturing these individuals.
They have pointed the domain photobucket.com to an account hosted on our systems!
We have blocked that and photobucked techs have restored the domain pointing to its original location!
ALL account information and pictures on photobucket.com are OK, please have patience!
Unfortunately the complete DNS replication usually takes 24-48 hours and during this time caches DNS records might still point to us!
The normal operation of Photobucket is restored and as soon as the replication is complete there should be no further such issues!
We would like to emphasize that we are in now way responsible for what happens with photobucket and all users bumping across our systems!
We are a legitimate web hosting company operating since 2003 and in no way tolerate such hacking attempts!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thanks for your patience and understanding!
This message would lead me to believe that someone spoofed and or injected their own DNS records in place of the legitimate dns records that point to Photobucket’s image hosting servers and other web servers.
I believe what they’re saying is true: that the data should be fine, since a DNS compromise only means that the hackers redirected the hostnames and domains to a different server. It is possible to lose data this way, but chances are the hackers who did this aren’t that elaborate.
Chances are it’s either some kids goofing around or someone in a poor country trying to make some quick cash off spamming or advertising revenue.