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article image'Iranian Cyber Army' Hacks Twitter

By Chris Dade     Dec 18, 2009 in Internet
Thursday night visitors to the popular social networking and microblogging site Twitter found themselves looking instead at an anti-American message posted by a group which calls itself the Iranian Cyber Army and had successfully hacked the site.
The disruption to Twitter, the Iranian opposition website mowjcamp.org was similarly affected and according to the BBC remained affected on Friday, lasted for between one and two hours.
During that time those attempting to use Twitter in the usual manner saw the following message, some of which Cnetnews is saying was written in Perso-Arabic script, accompanied by a green flag:
Iranian Cyber Army
THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY
iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY @GMAIL.COM
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
The BBC notes that the line referring to the embargo list had beside it a winking emoticon.
CNN reports that at 2:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Friday Twitter posted a message confirming that the disruption to its service, the message said that its "DNS records were temporarily compromised", had been rectified and an update on the situation would follow.
A log of how the disruption to Twitter developed is provided by Techcrunch, which also states that whilst the origins of the Iranian Cyber Army are unclear groups like it were active during Iran's presidential election held in June. Techcrunch even emailed the hackers at the address seen on Twitter requesting a comment.
Twitter was used extensively by opposition supporters in Iran to relay to the rest of the world what was happening at the protests that followed the reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and at one stage the U.S. State Department asked the San Francisco-based service to put a planned maintenance shutdown on hold to enable the flow of information from Iran to continue.
Users of Twitter who utilize the same password for the site as that they use for email or other sites are being urged to revise their passwords.
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