A New Play Ground for Hacktivists: Twitter

I woke up around 3:30 am to drink water.(*) Then, I tried to check my twitter account. Himm, it was interesting. The page couldn’t loaded. I learned twitter has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army in a few minutes.

Twitter posted a message about 3:35 a.m.  Friday on its official Twitter page, saying, “Twitter’s DNS (domain name system) records were temporarily compromised but have now been fixed.”

This is actually something I was expecting. It was well know that twitter employees don’t have a security sense. [1].Moreover, twitter had some issues with Iranian Government after the election. Twitter has been used by hacktivists to attack Iranian Government websites. [2]

Protesters beamed images from the violent demonstrations at a time when mainstream media were given almost no access to the demonstrations.

Twitter became so fundamental in spreading news of the protests that followed that the U.S. State Department asked the company to delay a planned shutdown for maintenance.[3]

If you think about all of the those things, you can easily say “well, when we are going to see other side (the current President’s supporters) of the cyber war?”

I can’t say Iranian government was behind of this attack but it seems the attack came from the current regime supporters.

From a point of security engineer, these attackers are also hacktivists. They could steal passwords and usernames like most crackers do however they choose to give their politic message.

It seems we will see more cyber war in twitter in the future. I am wondering how twitter founders feel know. I mean probably they had some concern about making money when they found twitter in 2006. I am sure they did not expect their website would be used by the protesters or the supporters to give political messages.

(*)This blog post first created on December 18 but completed today because of the busy schedule…


[1] http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/19/the-anatomy-of-the-twitter-attack/

[2] http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1905125,00.html

[3] http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/12/18/twitter.hacked/index.html

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