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‘Iranian Cyber Army’ hack of Twitter signals cyber-politics era

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Web becomes forum for political speech

As the Web emerges as the primary forum for political speech, activists of all stripes are expected to more aggressively pursue their ideological adversaries by any means necessary in cyberspace. They’ll blog, they’ll tweet, and even hack into high-profile sites to broadcast a political message.

Dave Marcus, director of Security and Research and Communications at McAfee, told eWeek that “hacktivism” is the new political norm in cyberspace. ”Activist groups want millions of people across the world to see their message, and this time they did it by architecting a re-direct on Twitter.”

Thursday’s message: the US should quit meddling in Iran.

Mr. Lewis does not think the Iranian government was directly involved in taking out Twitter for about an hour Thursday night. Even though the site has been a useful way for protesters there to mobilize – and the government has taken steps before to block Iranian users from accessing it in Iran – he says the latest attack appears to be a politically motivated move by “amateurs.”

But others do see the hand of the Iranian government in the hack.

“Twitter is a big scalp for the Iranian government, and it allowed them to flex their muscles and inflict damage outside of its own borders and onto those who it blames for much of the country’s internal strife,” wrote Nik Cubrilovic on TechCrunch.com.

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