Hackers Deface Twitter Site

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-12-18 Print this article Print

UPDATED WITH IMAGE: Between about 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Pacific time on Dec. 17, Twitter was replaced by a black background page showing a green flag with a headline that read, in English: "Iranian Cyber Army ... This Website Has Been Hacked by Iranian Cyber Army." Twitter returned in about an hour.

Social networking site Twitter was hacked and its main pages defaced for about an hour late Dec. 17.

Between about 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Pacific time, Twitter was replaced by a black background page showing a green flag with headline that read, in English: "Iranian Cyber Army ... This Website Has Been Hacked by Iranian Cyber Army."

The first indications that site was defaced were reported to TechCrunch as being around 10 p.m. Pacific time. The Twitter site came back online at slightly after 11 p.m.

Other Twitter sites, such as Blog.twitter.com and Status.Twitter.com, were still out of commission at 11:15 p.m., after the home page came back up.

On the flag were superimposed words in Farsi. The entire message read:

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....

Take Care.
Twitter, like most social networking sites, has had to fight off its share of hackers. eWEEK security blogger Matt Hines has written extensively about this. His blog post takes an overall look at some of the problems Twitter has endured.

A Twitter staff member tweeted the following at about 11:50 p.m.: "Twitter's DNS records were temporarily compromised but have now been fixed. We will update with more information soon."

Here is a view of the hacked page.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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