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MIUI.us, an unofficial U.S. site for a popular Android custom ROM called MIUI (pronounced Me, You, I) developed by Chinese company Xiaomi, was hacked and defaced by a hacker who goes by the nickname Federal. All of the content on the homepage as well as the main forum page, was replaced with this:

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An email abdou@cybercriminalite.ma and an auto-play audio-only version of Magma - Yanayer يناير (is that French mixed with Arabic?) can also be found on the page. The web page for cybercriminalite.ma has not been set up and offers no information about the hacker but does explain the song choice, as the .ma TLD points to Morocco where Arabic and French is spoken, among other languages. On an off-topic note, I actually dig this song quite a bit.

The ROM page as well as more direct links to the forums and news don't appear to be affected, which seems to indicate that only the index pages were hacked and modified. A cursory Google search for the phrase "welcome to the 0day" (0day refers to an attack that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability) reveals several sites that suffered the same fate, which may point to an automated hack:

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The latest archive.org snapshot of MIUI.us is from August 5th, when the site was hack-free. miui.com, the official MIUI site, is unaffected by this hack.

Xiaomi's two flagship devices, MI-One and MI-Two, ship with MIUI as the main OS. MI-Three is expected to be released in the coming weeks and has been a subject of many leaks.

The timing of the attack is interesting, though unlikely related to yesterday's news of Hugo Barra's departure from Google for Xiaomi. If the two end up connected, I will personally track down Gabe Newell and force Half-Life 3's release date out of him.

Update: The initial version of this article incorrectly claimed that MIUI.us is operated directly by Xiaomi. This has been corrected, as the site belongs to the unofficial U.S. porting team.

Source: MIUI.us

Thanks, Justin!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • Kcls

    Such a weird choice of site to hack. This probably won't get as much publicity, which is probably what he is aiming for, as say a news site.

    • Merri Mogridge

      I don't understand why people would even hack a site like this in the first place. What vendetta could they possibly have against developers that provide something for free? Same with the Ubuntu Forums which were also hacked not too long ago.

    • ari_free

      They hack because they can.

  • araab

    Chinese shit :) I hate China,Japan,and both of Korea! AOSP is the best,MIUI is piece of crap.

    • Anthony Restaino

      Racist much?

      • araab

        Nein,just nationalism :)

        • Ishimaru

          And how about you leave those comments off this site, k?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Deleted.

          • Ivan Myring

            I missed that, what did he say (just the basics

          • araab

            You don't must to know this :)

          • Ishimaru

            He was being pretty racist and hateful. Not something that needs to be repeated.

  • MitziDJensen

    when we were kids in the 80's, we used to call it Accident Park. It was not uncommon to see an ambulance in the parking lot either picking up someone for care or just waiting, knowing shit was gonna happen.
    http://qr.net/kQzU

  • evolutionx1

    Xiaomi? Where Hugo Burra will be working?

    • palf91

      This is the site for the unofficial English port of MIUI, the custom Android-based OS made by Xiaomi. So no, Xiaomi was not hacked.

  • Vanda Maria Mmv

    Hizli firsat!

    Biz uluslararasi islem iyi güvenilir, güvenilir. Bu firsati kaçirmayin lütfen, buraya gelecek 2014 yili dogru yatirim baslatmak için bir firsattir. % 100 emin ol daha fazla bilgi için e-posta MMV (vandamariana111@gmail.com) Sen garanti.

    Eger tarim için bir kredi ihtiyacim var mi? Is için kredi? yapimi için kredi? Yatirim kredisi? Ögrenci kredi? Borç konsolidasyonu kredi? Bu bir firsattir, kullanimi ve yeni bir hayata baslamak. Daha fazla bilgi (mrsvandamariana@yahoo.co.uk) için e-posta MMV.

    Allah lonca tüm ...

    M.M.V LTD.

  • Brotha Man Jones

    Now why she wash that young sista like that?

  • iBotPeaches

    Yeah, here is some background. About 9 months ago all the "active" developers at MIUI.US left to go to ChameleonOS ROM (open source miui). Only one stayed, and everyone knows running a site with one person cannot be done.

    MIUI.US hadn't been updated in ~5 months, so for this to happen is no surprise.

    • Guest

      Last update was in May for it.. for 1 or 2 devices.

  • Alain Lafond

    It's french with north african arabic... Poor american that speaks only american english... And for your knowledge the song is talking about those imperilist that dictate the need taste f the world... Thinking that there way of living worth killing all others to get those thing...

    • Alain Lafond

      Poor me now... Are you gonna send me the NSA, or ban me...

      • wow

        Well you're an unpleasant person...if I generalized like you did I would call your entire country jerks however I'm not dumb enough to do something so ignorant and close-minded.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Am I supposed to speak North African Arabic all of a sudden? Forgive me, almighty Alain!

      P.S. I speak 3 languages. French and Arabic aren't two of them.

      • Alain Lafond

        Yes but this comment is not for you. I do speak french, english, spanish a arabic.
        But most americans, especially those that do rought comment are idiots that don't know nothing and they believe that U.S.A. is great because of they.
        Sorry if you felt that you were the target.

        • enomele

          Now you're just generalizing.. The few outspoken ignorant people speak for the general population now?

          • Alain Lafond

            Sometimes yes, unfortunately...

          • Abdullah

            you can speak Arabic ??
            الولد يذهب الى المدرسة...ليتعلم الدروس المختلفة

            translate now !

          • Alain Lafond

            See, read up or down... I know it's a shame... Poor american... By the way it's my last comment...
            I know how things work...
            I have a lotsa chances of beeing ban... But the others no...

        • Nick

          Looks like your English needs a bit of work there chief.

          • Alain Lafond

            For sure, thanks... And your french or your spanish...

          • squiddy20

            And you know he speaks either (or neither) of those languages... how? Don't be a dick.

          • Alain Lafond

            Bonjour, oui je parle le français, et vous?
            Si hablo espanol, y tu?

      • Alain Lafond

        Sorry about this... I'll never do it again... Everybody have his own caracter... Seem that I needed to take a walk... lol...

    • ari_free

      It's funny how an anti-imperialist song would use French. How did that language get to North Africa I wonder.

  • MIUI Android

    If you want MIUI i'd suggest MIUIandroid.com or en.miui.com and avoid sites who's admin is only interested in the profit from Google AdSense advertising banners!

    • Simos Katsiaris

      when was the last time they released a rom, 1 year ago?

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      LOL. Mark. Stop spreading lies. Talking about a site admin who is only interested in Google AdSense advertising. Remember when the split happened with miui-dev.com because Mark aka MarkHUK aka most likely you, were stealing all of the ad money and lying to all of the development team?

    • El_Goog

      Who's the one advertising here?

  • iboalali

    يناير = January
    FYI
    maybe it's different in morroco, beacuse their accent is so far off arabic that an arab can't understand them

  • khalid

    it's a Moroccan Hacker I know him this is just a random hacking, this website has the some script as this one http://www.fnairemusic.com/ which was hacked by the same hacker few day's ago so nothing is personal, it's just random kid

  • Mo3tasm

    Hacking is much easier now, not sure what internet security companies are doing anyway...

  • Ark

    This is someone building a reputation.

  • Lewis Anderson

    they need to start giving these hackers 40 and 50 years in prison and then lets see if they dont slow down

  • Federal

    I did it because I hate Americans.

    • ByteTheGroove

      YOU DID IT CAUSE YOUR JELOUS OF US AMERICANS.....fucking idiot...stop hating because we have everything u want.....fucking haters

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    Eger bir is, okul, fatura, borç veya concolidation kredi ihtiyacim var mi?
    Neden daha detayli gitmek, Iletisim (BTLFI)
    (bravo_terry_loanfirm@webadicta.org) veya (bravoterry99@yahoo.com)

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