Daniel Sinclair @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China. Aug. 15, 2019 1 min read

Uh, I think the @CDCgov's DNS or servers were hijacked starting in April. I've found a ton of crazy content spewing from  http://immunizationinvestmentsapistage.cdc.gov  across Google's Cache, with timestamps leading into late July 😬

Google Webcache backups of the real  http://CDC.gov  subdomain are redirecting to shady ad networks.  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:MKxhvvoEJ-MJ:immunizationinvestmentsapistage.cdc.gov/ascii-art-smile.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us 

Twitter appears to have retracted the domain. May already have hit upstream blacklists — oddly not Google's. The CDC has not cleared the caches through Google Admin, so I question whether they are aware of this breach. The caches rank immunizationinvestmentsapistage[.]cdc[.]gov

I called the CDC's IT and they had almost hung up before I could say the word 'hack.' They kind of an angrily took my contact information, and that was the end of that. Less than a 2 minute call 😬

Going to go out on a limb and say that there are a lot of reasons why the anti-vaxxers and MMS parents are winning the information war. The CDC's domain spewing porn and malware is... icing on the cake.

I reached US-CERT (under CISA at DHS). I have to say they were more helpful, but it sounded like I reached an elderly man who wasn't supposed to be getting these calls. I was again re-rerouted, this time to an email address. I requested to be routed to the new NCCIC. Not good 😬

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