Twitter was hijacked between 10pm and 11pm Pacific time on 17 December, and was replaced it by a screen which read: “This Website Has Been Hacked by Iranian Cyber Army”
Social networking site Twitter was hacked and its main pages replaced for about an hour late on 17 December.
Between about 10pm and 11pm Pacific time (6am and 7am GMT), Twitter was replaced with a black background page showing a green flag and with a 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 10pm Pacific time. The Twitter site came back online at slightly after 11pm.
Other Twitter sites, such as Blog.twitter.com and Status.Twitter.com, were still out of commission at 11:15pm, after the home page came back up.
On the flag were superimposed words in Farsi. The entire message read:
Iranian Cyber Army
THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY 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… .
NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA?
WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST 😉
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 11:50pm: “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.