The Iranian Cyber Army seems to have risen again this time targeting China's number one search engine, Baidu.
The Last time we heard of the Iranian Cyber Army was also the first time when they attacked Twitter.
Baidu, formed in 2000, is China's number one search engine, dominating the home market for online searches – partly because it had a six year head start over Google.
Earlier today, visitors to Baidu.com's home page were met with a message – “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army” and a picture of the national flag of Iran:
At the moment it's not clear whether Baidu's site itself was compromised or, as in the case with the Twitter attack, its DNS records. If the website's DNS records were breached then the hackers would have been able to redirect users who typed www.baidu.com into their browser to a webserver under their control.
Within two hours the Baidu website appeared to be returning to normal operation, and the motive for the attack seems political rather than financial.