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Twitter Hackers Take Down Baidu

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the thought-they-were-friends dept.

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snydeq writes "The group that took down Twitter last month has apparently claimed another victim: China's largest search engine Baidu.com. Offline late Monday, Baidu.com at one point displayed an image saying 'This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army,' according to a report in the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party and other Web sites. The Iranian Cyber Army first gained notoriety with its Dec. 18 Twitter attack. Baidu's domain name records were the focus of the hack. On Monday, the company was using domain name servers belonging to HostGator, a Florida ISP, instead of the Baidu.com nameservers the company normally uses."

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Alternate Associated Press Article (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743314)

(AP) SHANGHAI - While the Iranian Cyber Army stymied Baidu engineers early Tuesday morning, a Chinese government official reportedly praised the Iranian Cyber Army and it's successful attempts at further curbing the dangers away from Chinese citizens. After forcing Baidu to remove the ability to find porn or dissidant materials via searches, the Chinese government noted that the Iranian Cyber Army had finally successfully achieved that with absolutely no infractions.

Cai Wu of The Ministry of Culture in China said, "We are impressed with preliminary reports of zero searches returning offensive materials while the Iranian Cyber Army improved the search page." Wu also pointed out that nowhere in the Tao Te Ching is a reference to Baidu made and therefore it is one of the major factors in China losing its sense of nationality and pride. Wu held up an image of Laozi [wikimedia.org] and said, "Does this happy citizen look like he needed Baidu? No. All he needed was his government's ability to protect him from himself." Wu's only criticism of the 'attack' was simply that he expressed lament "it was not a group of loyal Chinese citizens who made children friendly adjustments to the search engine." Wu showed that the static page replacing the search page loaded on average 33% faster and required no user interaction to facilitate.

The Chinese government and the Iranian government have exchanged notes on how to keep their people from finding materials and lies that erode their ability to protect the cultures and citizens of their respective countries. But with the recent cross country attacks, it appears as though a group in Iran has one-upped the Chinese and shown them the beautiful results of hacking in comparison to the oafish and ugly heavy handed government shutdowns. This means, of course, that a stark internet censorship gap exists widely between the US and China. And other world powers trail far behind Iran and China -- shining examples of the firm yet gentle hand of internet censorship. Rest assured, this reporter has an inkling that a nationalistic competition could take hold similar to the space race or peace race. If there's one sport the winter Olympics might add next, certainly it's the sport of suppressing information.

China is not sitting idly by though, as strategic and selective abortions have left 24 million men without mates [yahoo.com] . The Chinese government believes this strategy will put them in solid first for socially awkward sexually frustrated males that must argue on internet forums while coding day and night taking breaks only for World of Warcraft (the most demanding mistress of them all). An army of hackers angry at everyone else will undoubtedly arise form this group willing to stop the flow of information worldwide.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743408)

^^ If this isn't a fake Onion-like troll, I'll eat my head (or other expression of the sort)..

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (3, Interesting)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743482)

TFA:

"Sex-specific abortions remained extremely commonplace, especially in rural areas," where the cultural preference for boys over girls is strongest, the study said, while noting the reasons for the gender imbalance were "complex."

One particularly ugly consequence that the articles does not mention is this: [factsanddetails.com]

In some places men are marrying their first cousins and even their sisters through deals made with relatives because that is only way they can find a wife. The practice is so common that some communities are referred to as "incest villages."

canada ..introduced a child pron bill..... (1)

CHRONOSS2008 (1226498) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743624)

wait for it ..........about a week later the ACTA leak comes out.

think about it .everyone gets sexually self conscious doesnt get laid , doesn't masturbate and thus is in bad mood

and seriously the commentators at the point you could tell the anger......
haha
good leak timing .....and this also shows someone out there is really going to hammer this lil copyright war up someones ass

Re:canada ..introduced a child pron bill..... (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744188)

.everyone gets sexually self conscious doesnt get laid , doesn't masturbate and thus is in bad mood

Right. But instead of channeling that rage toward WoW as Eldavojohn jokinly pointed out, that collective anger can be manipulated and directed towards the enemy-of-the-day, even if it is the people themselves. You will have hordes of people, full of self-loathing due to their discord between their urges and their society, who will take out their frustrations hacking foreign governments and ratting out remaining porn sources.

Same thing already happens in America, in the form of official and unofficial snitch patrols like Perverted-justice and Infraguard [infragard.net] and other "citizen on patrol" neighborhood watch groups who are overwhelmingly conservative Christian anti-gay anti-commie etc, though their hidden shame and frustration is much more voluntary than that of the Chinese.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743648)

Yeah this sucks.... if only they valued women over men there would be more sexy parties goin on.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743874)

Marrying first cousins, at least, was commonplace throughout history. Turns out that the rate of birth defects due to having offspring with your first cousin is very low.

Sisters, not so common. I can see it happening in extreme situations, though.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (1)

uninformedLuddite (1334899) | more than 4 years ago | (#30748524)

Sisters, not so common. I can see it happening in extreme situations, though.

I can picture the sisters in my head. They are definitely trying but alas no baby.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30744318)

If a couple abort a female child. Kill the male half of the couple and the abortionist and offer the wife up for sale.

That should stop that shit real quick.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (1)

Rysc (136391) | more than 4 years ago | (#30749212)

This is a terrific idea, no joke.

It's inhumane as all hell, but the Chinese government is already like that.

I salute you, AC.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750368)

We Will Pay. You Give Idea Now.

-PRC

Ho ho ho! But seriously... (4, Interesting)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743536)

Chortle. (Don't see why this was modded "interesting" rather than "funny".)

But seriously:

I'm wondering how long it would take for the Chinese authorities to notice if a similar hijack took the searchers to a site that LOOKED like the real one but:
  - gave them uncensored search results
  - with the links that would be blocked by the Great Firewall redirected through unblocked proxies.

Obviously launching this from anywhere INSIDE China would make the perpetrator a likely candidate for involuntary organ donation. But can you imagine the trial of someone from OUTSIDE China who was caught after perpetrating such a thing? THAT might set some interesting precedents.

Re:Ho ho ho! But seriously... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744376)

The authorities might take a while to notice; but the site operator would notice the drop in load pretty quickly. From there, for business reasons and out of desire to not upset the powers that be and join a blocklist later, the operator would presumably take corrective action as soon as they could. The state doesn't have to watch everything if it can make watching the rest align with the interests of private parties.

Re:Ho ho ho! But seriously... (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746300)

... the site operator would notice the drop in load pretty quickly.

Not if the fake site made the equivalent query to the real site. (It could even forward the ads so the real site wouldn't lose revenue - unless the real site's software decided that the ads were mostly going to a small number of IP addresses and didn't count them as unique views.)

If it were done that way the only way the site operator would know anything was wrong is if he noticed the change in IP address distribution on the queries - or happened to query his own site from far enough outside it that he hit the diversion and noticed the extra results included.

Re:Ho ho ho! But seriously... (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746812)

THAT might set some interesting precedents.

Naaah [slashdot.org] ... Just another knockoff of western ideas..

Re:Ho ho ho! But seriously... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750534)

(Don't see why this was modded "interesting" rather than "funny".)

Because it is interesting, and not even to mention that a lot of humour is interesting just on the basis of why we find it funny.

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (1)

indi0144 (1264518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30747230)

but, Does this happy Laozi look like he needed Baidu?

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article - FAKE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30748412)

this is fake!

Re:Alternate Associated Press Article (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 4 years ago | (#30749774)

Dude, I applaud your effort and wish to give you all my funny mod imaginary points (which I have 15 left)
so think of yourself as a +15 Funny man.

PS- on a serious note, I really feel disgusted by the link you sent about the gender selective abortions, I had never heard of that, thank you for that link, it makes me more aware of the oppression over there!

Iran VS China (0)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743366)

Iran VS China in an contest to out censor each other?

Whoever wins, we loose!
[/joke]

Re:Iran VS China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750608)

Iran VS China in an contest to out censor each other?

And nothing of value was lost...

FTFY.

(From the perspective of someone outside of both of those countries, obviously. If you live there, then yes: whoever wins, you lose.)

!Florida, Texas. (4, Informative)

uncledrax (112438) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743390)

For the sake of accuracy:
Hostgator moved from to Houston over 3 years ago. [bizjournals.com] .

I dunno who Robert McMillan is.. but he needs to do a tiny bit updating his fact-checking database.

Re:!Florida, Texas. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743448)

It's not an ISP either AFAIK. They claim to lease servers from ThePlanet.

Re:!Florida, Texas. (2, Interesting)

cravey (414235) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743468)

It's not an ISP either AFAIK. They claim to lease servers from ThePlanet.

Forgot to log in. :/

Re:!Florida, Texas. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744450)

His fact-checking database was hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.

Hackers are no longer "cool" (3, Interesting)

tixxit (1107127) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743420)

When I was in high school, I'd read something like this and the first thing that would pop into my head would be: "cool!" Now the first thing that comes up is: "what a bunch of assholes." Has hacking* finally lost its mystique? I just see these guys as a bunch of idiots who enjoy defacing property and crave attention (ie. vandals). * If the pejorative use of the term offends you, just pretend I used some other word that is more suiting

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743442)

You grew up.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743464)

May I suggest "Hackoles"?

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (2, Interesting)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743484)

Oups, I meant "Hackholes" (Hackers + Assholes).

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (2, Funny)

businessnerd (1009815) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743700)

How about "AssHack". It sounds like "Asshat", but it also implies that you are both an ass and a hack.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743778)

Rather HackAss

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746714)

How about "Jhackass", in honor of Oscar Leroy?

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (4, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743466)

No, you got older and your view of the world has changed significantly. Teenagers, especially boys, just love to see the world burn. As we get older and have more invested in said world, the fires tend to lose their luster.

Of course... (2, Funny)

tacokill (531275) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743630)

Some men [comicbookmovie.com] also want to see the world burn...

Re:Of course... (1)

catmandue (1132331) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746392)

Yeah well. The joker never actually grew up either.

Re:Of course... (1)

Turzyx (1462339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30748360)

Well he certaintly won't now, that's for sure.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744158)

I dont know if its true that teenagers want the world to burn so much as they don't want to obey the rules. I guess its due to puberty or something. It happens in Elephants as well. "Teenage" elephants will go on rampages, raping female elephants and attacking male ones unless older, stronger Male elephants are around to challenge them. I think its just part of growing up for us Humans. I agree that hacking is a just another asshole activity.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30744162)

so what about the next generation that still will want to see the world burn well into adulthood?

As oldies say... (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745518)

"Get off my lawn."

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (3, Insightful)

paeanblack (191171) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743520)

When I was in high school, I'd read something like this and the first thing that would pop into my head would be: "cool!" Now the first thing that comes up is: "what a bunch of assholes." Has hacking* finally lost its mystique?

No, you just grew up. Welcome to having adult sensibilities.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

zullnero (833754) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744506)

Well, even when I was younger, I didn't really think hacking a site only to spread a political message was all that cool. Now, hacking into a site and changing all the acronyms around and waiting to see how long it would take for the company to notice I would probably still think amusing.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (5, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743546)

Hacking is cool. Trashing peoples stuff not so cool.
Hacking used to mean making systems do things they where never meant to do. Now it means being a hoodlum.

Would have bee "cool" (2, Insightful)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743724)

if they defaced it and erased all foot prints they left along with not mentioning their hacker group name. Nothing like an anonymous hack to freak people out.

Re:Would have bee "cool" (1)

indi0144 (1264518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30747270)

Duh, then how we in the |\|54 would make you think that it was the irani$%&%^CARRIER LOST

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

Deanalator (806515) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745398)

Hacking used to mean breaking into government databases, and pulling source code from software companies. Now it means building toy robots from kits and making them dance.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30745946)

Technically true, though you're talking about the second and third definitions of the term.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

retro.sufi (1288520) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755822)

haha very well said.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30747084)

Hacking China's stuff will always be "cool" (or at least for the foreseeable future until China lightens up!).

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

YankDownUnder (872956) | more than 4 years ago | (#30748402)

Some folks get paid to "hack", as it were, for positive reasons. Forensics, for one.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743674)

When you have seen the same hack for the 1 billionth time it gets old...

This sort of thing is no longer a 'hack' but just ordinary vandalism. Much as you would marvel at the spray paint on the underside of a bridge and think 'how did they do that' but then think 'what a jerk'...

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744166)

Vandalism and attention seeking are probably cooler when you're 15 years old. It's not that hacking is "less cool" than it used to be, you just grew up and didn't notice.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (1)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746278)

So you were an asshole in high school? Shocking.

Re:Hackers are no longer "cool" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755660)

A hacker is someone who tinkers with hardware or software that he has legal access to in an effort to make it do new, interesting and/or unintended things.

The "assholes" to which you refer are crackers.

The media has hijacked the term hacker for over 2 decades now and applied it to the wrong group of people proving yet again that journalism is rarely responsible and researched.

Baidu stuffed up (3, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743668)

It looks like their domain account credentials may have been snagged

Thats a bit embarrassing for a major search engine. What was their password? baidu123?

Re:Baidu stuffed up (2, Funny)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743708)

Some snarky admin had changed the password to "tiananmen," but since the Great Firewall censored that out, their account was actually left with a blank password...

Re:Baidu stuffed up (1)

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744072)

That's amazing! I have the same combination on my luggage! ...too soon?

Re:Baidu stuffed up (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746088)

Makes one question why China's largest search engine isn't large enough to run their own DNS servers.

I'm one person and run my own DNS server...

Re:Baidu stuffed up (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746178)

I am sure they control their own DNS servers one way or another. This attack clearly changed the setup of their domain name at register.com to delegate it to different domain name servers. Normally you do that through an SSL connection so I assume that they got hit by a dictionary attack, possibly assisted by a loose lipped employee "All my passwords are characters from Toy Story" or some such.

Its the cyber army of Iran! (1)

e**(i pi)-1 (462311) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744396)

Its not the "Iranian Cyber Army", it is the "Cyber Army of Iran" [youtube.com] !

Re:Its the cyber army of Iran! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30745482)

splitters!!!

It's so kind of them to offer... (2, Interesting)

zullnero (833754) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744442)

Their security services basically for free (if you don't count the downtime). They're doing a great job exposing all those backdoors to everyone who would otherwise be fine just quietly exploiting them as often as possible to potentially do things far more nefarious.

Iranian Cyber Army? (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744542)

Iranian Cyber Army, eh? Hacking a Chinese web site?

Looks like Mousavi's boys [youtube.com] .

faIlzors (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30744732)

www.anti-slash.org as those Enon gay,

"took down Twitter"? Come on! (2, Interesting)

NeverNow (611234) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745322)

I understand Slashdot has lowered its standards, but such a post is embarassing. Twitter wasn't taken down. It was a case of local DNS servers poisoning. Bit of a difference.

Re:"took down Twitter"? Come on! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30748598)

How about, 'The attack rendered Twitter and it's API inaccessible via standard means for several hours.'

Don't buy it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30745536)

1) taking twitter down isn't exactly hard, you just sneeze while loading their homepage
2) I don't buy that this was done by Iranians, what's their motive? It's much more likely to have been a US based group of hackers doing both and blaming Iranians just for kicks.

Re:Don't buy it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30745850)

I think you are right, but the US based "hacker group" has a three letter acronym and reports to the president.

What? Someone took down Twitter?? (3, Funny)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30746258)

Where can I send the money?

Re: (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 4 years ago | (#30748184)

No, you got older and your view of the world has changed significantly. Teenagers, especially boys, just love to see the world burn. As we get older and have more invested in said world, the fires tend to lose their luster.

Re: (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751904)

Iran VS China in an contest to out censor each other?Whoever wins, we loose![/joke]
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