Twitter hacked by “Iranian Cyber Army” (updated)

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Twitter has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army, a  some sort of a renegade hacker group that claims to be linked to Iran.

For the third time this year, the San Francisco-based company was the victim of a security breach stemming from a simple end-run around its defenses. In the latest case, a hacker got the password for an employee’s personal e-mail account — possibly by guessing, or by correctly answering a security question — and worked from there to steal confidential company documents.

Twitter was hacked and defaced at around 10 a.m. with the message below.

Iranian Cyber Army

THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY
iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAIL.COM

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
Take Care.

It looks like Twitter hasn’t fixed its security issues yet. If you are a twitter user and you use the same password to your other online accounts, then now is a good time to change your secret code.

As of now, Twitter is up and running. Biz Stone, co-founder of the social networking site, posted a blog post regarding the incident:

DNS Disruption
As we tweeted a bit ago, Twitter’s DNS records were temporarily compromised tonight but have now been fixed. As some noticed, Twitter.com was redirected for a while but API and platform applications were working. We will update with more information and details once we’ve investigated more fully.

posted by @Biz at 11:43 PM

[via TechCrunch]

UPDATE:
As Biz Stone said (read quote above) and according to other reports, the “hack” was simply a DNS hijack. [Geekzone via Gizmodo]