Twitter and the Iranian Cyber Army

For about an hour last night, Twitter users were redirected to a page showing a message declaring it had been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army (which, of course, might not be Iranian at all). BBC reports Twitter’s explanation that DNS servers were “temporarily compromised.”

“These changes mean that when you or I type a website address into our browsers, we are directed not to the real website but to a second site, set up by the hackers, in this case the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’,” said Rik Ferguson from security firm Trend Micro. “This has the net effect of making it look like, in this example, servers belonging to Twitter were compromised when in reality that was not the case.”

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