Twitter Hacked by ‘Iranian Cyber Army’

December 18, 2009

(ChatterBox)—When Twitter users of the popular microblogging application, logged into their accounts on early Friday, they were unable to tweet to their friends in 40 characters or less. Instead, Twitter users were greeted with a hacked homepage with the message: “This site has been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.” The group isn’t known to authorities, and speculation so far, points to a group of pranksters.

Twitter is now back in operation, after a busy night restoring the site’s Doman Name Service records. A status update on Twitter’s homepage last night advised users of an “unplanned downtime.” “We are working to recover from an unplanned downtime and will update more as we learn the cause of this outage.”

A further update from Twitter placed the problem with the Doman Name Service: “Twitter’s DNS records were temporarily compromised but have now been fixed. We are looking into the underlying cause and will update with more information soon.”

It appears that the Twitter domain was redirected to the defacement page. The full messsage of the hackers read:

“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.”

TechCrunch reported that at least one other site was redirected to the hacker’s page last night.

This was one of several outages for Twitter, since its launch in 2006.

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