Twitter Is Down (Again): Defaced By the Iranian Cyber Army
By on December 18th, 2009

Twitter’s security and stability woes continue. As of now Twitter.com is down, although the API seems to be working. At the very least, Twitter was defaced earlier today by a group claiming to be the Iranian Cyber Army.

Twitter-Hacked-Iranian-Cyber-Army

The text in the above screenshot reads:

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 extent to which Twitter has been compromised isn’t yet clear. Both twitter.com as well as status.twitter.com have been down for more than an hour. This indicates that the attack may be a lot more serious than just defacing.

[Screenshots via TechCrunch]

Update 1: Twitter.com is back online. No word yet on what went wrong.

Twitter-Trending-Iranian-Cyber-Army
Iranian Cyber Army is now trending

Update 2: It appears that the DNS records were compromised, as a result of which users were re-directed to a different page. Twitter is still investigating the attack.

Update 3: TechCrunch is claiming that Iranian Cyber Army is not just a moniker. It is an actual government organisation and the attack is part of Iran’s strategy to go on the offensive against US and other opponents of it’s nuclear strategy.

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