The website of U.S.-funded broadcaster Voice of America Persian was attacked by an Iranian pro-government group, according to a correspondent for sister station Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. The main VOA site also appeared to have been hacked, as of 9:04 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.
"Website of VOA Persian Service was Hacked today by #Iran 's Cyber army #Iranelection," Golnaz Esfandiari wrote at around 5:30 p.m. Eastern on the social media tool Twitter.
One VOA story now states that the incident may have been prompted by the U.S. State Department's recent Arabic- and Persian-language Twitter campaigns in support of pro-democracy opposition groups overseas.
The hackers posted a message referring to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that read:
"We have proven that we can.
Mrs. Clinton Do you want to hear the voice of oppressed nations will from heart of USA? Islamic world doesn't believe USA trickery.
We call on you to stop interfering in Islamic countries."
Here's a Google-translated recap of the VOA article:
Hours before a number of web pages the Voice of America, was hacked. In one of the Voice of America Farsi domain being attacked, the group that his "army of cyber" is introduced, responsibility for the attack has been charged.
Army of cyber hackers on this page have put a picture on it in Persian and English is written: "We've proven that we can."
Army of cyber hackers also addressed on this page are written to the Secretary of State America: "Mrs. Clinton, you want the voice of oppressed nations to hear the heart of America? Muslim world does not believe America's craft. You say that interference in Muslim countries to stop. "
It seems that this action in response to remarks on Sunday (20 February) that Hillary Clinton in a television interview with BBC America, while talking about opening accounts in Arabic and Persian Tweeter by America's Foreign Ministry, had said : "We want young people like the young Americans who seek to express their rights are believed to be associated."