12 January 2010
China's most popular search engine, Baidu, has been targeted by the same
hackers that took Twitter offline in December, according to reports.
A group claiming to be the Iranian Cyber Army redirected Baidu users to
a site displaying a political message.
The site was down for at least four hours on Tuesday, Chinese media
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
"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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