The Persian Empire strikes
Supporters of the Iranian president, who won an election without
many votes being counted, have been hacking into US sites.
defaced the home page of the Oregon University System, posting a caustic
message telling President Barack Obama to mind his own business and stop
talking about the disputed Iranian election.
Talking about elections in the
US is apparently what is leading to riots in the streets of Iran. While the
young and IT literate have mostly been supporting Mir Hossein Mousavi's
'green' revolution against the election result, it seems that the other side
have a few hackers in their weapon's drawer too. But for some reason they
thought attacking the University of Oregon would bring the US to its
Attempts to access the university system's Web site were automatically
redirected to another page, where readers viewed a message said to be
from Iran that asserted there was no cheating in the election. That
message was up for 90 minutes before university system technicians
The attack was based on a flaw in some third-party software
that had not been properly updated. The text, in red on a black
background, calls on Obama to focus on the economic crisis instead of
commenting on the Iranian election.