Friday, December 18, 2009

Who is the "Iranian Cyber Army"? Twitter DNS Redirect

(Update: 12JAN10 - Iranian Cyber Army Returns -- Target: Baidu.com )

#1 Search on Google in the past hour: "Iranian Cyber Army"
#2 Search on Google in the past hour: "Twitter hacked"

What do these things have to do with each other?

A formerly unknown group, the Iranian Cyber Army, was able to redirect the DNS for Twitter, causing all visitors to be temporarily redirected to another IP address, not belonging to Twitter, and sharing the message from the Iranian Cyber Army that they are cooler hackers than you.

Since we do actually track website defacers at UAB, and since we've never heard of the Iranian Cyber Army, we thought we would take a quick peek in our favorite Iranian hacker rooms to see who was boasting of their conquest.

First we found "vhdmsm" sharing details of the attack in the Iranian Hacker Forum, Ashiyane Digital Security.

They quote the defacement:

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Iranian Cyber Army

THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY

iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAIL.COM

U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But THey Don't, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples To....

NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA?

WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST

Take Care

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and post links to the Twitter Blog entry about the attack, and a CNET news story.

But there is no indication they were themselves involved.

We're going to need some more evidence. Perhaps someone should be talking to the folks at BlueHost this morning.

See for yourself?


A little twiddling with various DNS Caching systems, and we were able to find the IP address to which traffic had been redirected:

66.147.244.182

There are some interesting domains there, including:

http://mowjcamp.net/

That site is interesting, because its on Bluehost, in the United States.

which currently shows content made from these graphic files (I've moved them to a more permanent location...just in case):










In my opinion, it looks like that server was compromised via WordPress vulnerabilities, but that is just an educated guess based on content at this time. So, it looks like the hacker first hacked one of the sites on the Bluehost box, other mowjcamp.org, wpcrowd.com, or coventryri.com, then redirected all the twitter traffic to that IP by changing the Nameserver entries for Twitter to point away from their normal Google-provided IP addresses to 66.147.242.88 instead.

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