Twitter Hacked by “Iranian Cyber Army”

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Hackers Briefly Bring Down Twitter
by Jessica E. Vascellaro
Wall Street Journal
December 18, 2009

twitterhacked-200Internet-messaging service Twitter Inc. was hit by a cyber attack Thursday night that temporarily steered visitors to a Web site with an anti-American message from a group calling itself the “Iranian Cyber Army.”

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a blog post Friday that the San Francisco company’s site was “hijacked” and 80% of traffic to was redirected between 9:46 p.m. PST and 11 p.m. PST Thursday. Twitter was operating normally Friday.

During the attack, Twitter’s home page was replaced with a Web site with a black background and a green flag, according to two people who saw it. The site’s headline read, “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army.”

There was no evidence that the hackers are actually linked to Iran. Read the rest of this article here.

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