Security experts have managed to unravel the relatively simple exploit that allowed hackers to prank Barack Obama’s Web site just days before the Pennsylvania primary. Visitors to the site’s community blogs page found themselves redirected to Neither campaign wanted to talk about it with the Associated Press.

AP via Google:

While the hack appears to have been a prank, researchers said the breach underscored that candidates risk exposing their supporters to computer viruses and identity theft if they don’t secure their Web sites. For instance, a similar mechanism could be employed to redirect campaign site users to a site that steals personal information from visitors.

“With people closely watching the heated contest to determine the next U.S. president, you can bet that this won’t be the last time such attacks happen,” Symantec Corp. researcher Zulfikar Ramzan wrote on the company’s official blog.

Neither campaign responded to e-mail messages seeking comment.

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