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Baidu Hacked by ‘Iranian Cyber Army’

by Ollie Vaughan | 12.01.2010
Baidu SmallFollowing on from last months Twitter hack, the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ has struck again; this time targeting Chinas most popular search engine, Baidu. The attack forced Baidu to shutdown for at least 4 hours on Tuesday 12th. The BBC had this to say:

“Last year’s attack on micro-blogging service Twitter had the same hallmarks, sending users to a page with an Iranian flag and message in Farsi.

“This morning, Baidu’s domain name registration in the United States was tampered with, leading to inaccessibility,” Baidu said in a statement.

Visitors to the site were greeted with the message: “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army”.

The message was accompanied by a picture of the national flag of Iran.

“In China, Baidu outranks Google as the search engine of choice, receiving millions of visits every day. That makes it an extremely attractive target for cybercriminals,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos……….”

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