The website of soccer superstar David Beckham was defaced over the weekend, said Sophos’s Graham Cluely.
An odd image greeted visitors to DavidBeckham.com on Sunday, the same day when Beckham welcomed his newborn daughter named as Harper Seven. The vandal replaced the website’s header photograph with one of a dog sniffing at a large advertisement for dog food.
The Daily Beast remarked that accessing and defacing a celebrity’s personal website is a simple task for a digital hacker.
Metro pointed out that “ScooterDAshooter” could probably have conducted a more malicious attack, although it 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,” Outpost 24’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.”
However, Beckham’s website has been restored, but Cluley snagged a screenshot of the hacker’s handiwork before it was removed.