Twitter Hack: Part Of Broader Iranian Strategy
December 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM EST
Late last night the popular micro-messaging service Twitter was attacked and had its website defaced by a group calling itself the Iranian Cyber Army. The Twitter homepage and the main application service page were replaced with a bold pro-Iranian and anti-American message. The message was loud, and very clear - the attack was in response to what Iran saw as internal meddling by the west during the recent presidential elections and associated demonstrations in Tehran. Twitter played a large role during those demonstrations as a communications tool used by demonstrators to co-ordinate protests and movements. The Iranian government tried in vain to crack down on the communications networks with Internet filtering and cell jamming, but these efforts were mostly in vain. As a service from the USA, Twitter also had a greater symbolic impact on the Iranian government, who viewed it as a tool being provided by one enemy to assist an internal enemy. The US State Department went on to intervene to assure that Twitter was available and accessible to protesting Iranians, which likely further infuriated the government in Tehran.