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Twitter hacked by the Iranians
by Nick Farrell on18 December 2009
Iranian cyber army claims a first
Hackers claiming to belong to the Iranian Cyber Army have bought down the microblogging site Twitter.
The site, which was inaccessible for about an hour starting around 10 pm last night was defaced with an a image appears to be written in Farsi script and when translated to English it read:
“THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY, . U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But THey Don't, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples To.... NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA? WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST. Take Care.” (Boy, am I glad I don't have to edit their stuff. sub.ed.)
British Flickr user Chris Hoare, from Leicester in England spotted the screenshot before the site shut down. He said told Cnet that the the HTML was pretty basic, and everything that it showed was local on the server it was being sent from. It looked like the whole thing was a DoS attack of some sort.
Security has been a problem for Twitter. In January, a hacker hijacked CNN news man Rick Sanchez's feed and proclaimed the journalist was "high on crack." Twitter users have also been the target of a password-stealing phishing scam. Twitter and Iran also have a few problems after the country's presidential election in June.
Protesters in Iran used Twitter to skirt government filters to report events, express outrage, and get people out to opposition rallies. As such the Iranian establishment would have a beef with the outfit's continued existence.