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POPULAR microblogging site Twitter was briefly shut down overnight, its homepage replaced with an image claiming the site had been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.
Hackers hijacked the settings for Twitter's website, rerouting about 80 per cent of its traffic to another page from shortly before 6am GMT (5pm AEDT on Friday) until 7am GMT (6pm AEDT), according to Stone.
Visitors were redirected from Twitter to a page with an image of a green flag under red text reading "Iranian Cyber Army" and "This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army".
Screengrabs posted on Flickr clearly showed additional text below the image in English.
"USA 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," the text said in broken English.
"NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA? WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST. Take Care," it read.