Social engineering used to pull off the attack.
Three individuals were charged on November 19 for their role in an attack, which involved hijacking the comcast.net domain name and redirecting its traffic to a rogue website. According to the indictment, the defendants used social engineering in order to obtain information that facilitated their plans to alter the domain's DNS records.
In May 2008, the comcast.net domain name, belonging to one of the largest Internet service providers in the United States, started redirecting
to a Web page reading "KRYOGENIKS Defiant and EBK RoXed COMCAST sHouTz to VIRUS Warlock elul21 coll1er seven.” This made it impossible for Comcast customers to use Web-based services provided by the company, such as email or digital voicemail for several hours.