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Baidu.com Reportedly Hit By Hackers

Baidu's home page was attacked by hackers, and some reports say the group responsible for the attack is the one that took down Twitter last month.
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BEIJING (

TheStreet

) --

Baidu's

(BIDU) - Get Report

home page was attacked by hackers, and some reports say the group responsible for the attack is the one that took down

Twitter

last month.

Some Internet users reported seeing signs of an attack on the site by the "Iranian Cyber Army" when they tried to access the home page of

Baidu

, China's top search engine, the

Wall Street Journal

reports.

Computerworld.com

said much isn't known about the Iranian Cyber Army, which first gained notoriety with its attack on Twitter on Dec. 18. Hacking groups continue to deface Web sites, but it is extremely rare for them to take down widely used sites like Twitter and Baidu.com.

According to security experts,

Computerworld.com

reports, Baidu's domain name records appear to have been tampered with, the same technique that was used to hijack Twitter and put it off-line for more than an hour.

"Services on Baidu's main website www.baidu.com were interrupted today due to external manipulation of its DNS (domain name server) in the U.S. Baidu has been resolving this issue and the majority of services have been restored," Baidu spokesman Victor Tseng said in a statement to the

Associated Press

.

The search engine was down for about four hours,

Reuters

reports.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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