Baidu, China’s largest search engine, defaced by Iranian Cyber Army

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Hot on the heels of last month’s attack on Twitter, the so-called “Iranian Cyber Army” appears to have defaced another high profile website.

Baidu, formed in 2000, is China’s number one search engine, dominating the home market for online searches – partly because it had a six year head start over Google. As a result of its huge popularity, it’s no wonder that from time to time hackers might try and take advantage of the site, just as top websites can be in the frame for attack in the West.

Earlier today, visitors to Baidu.com’s home page were met with a message – “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army” – alongside what I presume to be Farsi, and a picture of the national flag of Iran:

It’s not presently clear whether Baidu’s site itself was compromised or, as in the case with the Twitter attack, its DNS records. If the website’s DNS records were breached then…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.