VOA Web site apparently hit by Iranian hackers
Updated 1:25 p.m.
Iranian hackers apparently hit the Voice of America Web site on Monday afternoon, replacing pages with a statement saying in Persian and English that "we have proven that we can" and asking Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if she wanted to "hear the voice of oppressed nations will from heart of USA."
The flag on the screen is that of the Islamic Republic of Iran, suggesting that the hacking came from that country or from supporters of the regime there.
"VOANews.com's primary domain, along with numerous related domains registered with Network Solutions were hacked by an unknown party," the VOA said in a statement Tuesday. "This enabled the hacker to redirect VOA URLs to a site claiming to be run by a group called the 'Iranian Cyber Army.'"
A source, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the "army" is believed to be an adjunct of the Iranian regime's Revolutionary Guards. The hackers, the source added, have apparently struck at other sites in the past, but this is the first time the VOA has been affected..
"This was not a breach of our internal systems or services," the agency statement said, and "most sites should be returning to normal." In addition, it said, "no data was lost or compromised as a result of this event."
Al Kamen and Tara Bahrampour
| February 22, 2011; 1:25 PM ET
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