Twitter website struck by ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ hackers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A hacking group calling itself the “Iranian Cyber Army” pulled off a coup for about an hour earlier today, redirecting visitors to the Twitter website to a page containing a green flag and Arabic writing:

Fortunately there is no indication at this point that the page was carrying malicious code, and this attack appears to have had political motivations rather than being designed to steal confidential information from users.

Of course, just because a message saying

This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army

has beeen posted on a webpage does not necessarily mean that hackers from Iran are responsible for the defacement.

However, Twitter was widely used earlier this year by those wishing to share information about anti-government protests in the country earlier this year, and…

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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.