Ubisoft said that the website of its popular video game Splinter Cell had
been hacked on Thursday. However circumstantial evidence suggests the hack is
more likely to be a publicity stunt than a genuine cyber assault.
Visitors to the Splinter Cell website are been greeted by a message in
Russian. This is followed a bit.ly link buried in the message, which leads on to
a page displaying the ASCII art of a shield with a double-headed eagle, also on
the Splinter Cell site.
The arty effort looks more like an Easter Egg than the sort of things real
cybercrooks typically spray on compromised sites, which usually include rants,
abuse, political messages, greetings to other hackers and the like.