Congress Hack Attack: House Member Web Sites Hacked With Anti-Obama Language
Several House members had their websites hacked overnight after President Obama's State of the Union Address. Around 6:30 a.m. Eastern, the sites of Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Peter Welch (D-VT) were both replaced with one line of text:
FUCK OBAMA!! Red Eye CREW !!!!! O RESTO E HACKER !!! by HADES; m4V3RiCk; T4ph0d4 -- FROM BRASIL
Shortly thereafter, several congressional sites were completely offline, including Wilson, Welch, Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Phil Roe (R-TN).
The attacks were first reported by the National Journal's Hotline On Call, which noted this wouldn't be the first strike by hackers using the Red Eye Crew name:
The Red Eye Crew has been responsible for other hacks before. The group claimed credit for hacking a site belonging to Old Dominion Univ. in '08 and Wieden + Kennedy, a New York ad agency.
Politico reports that 49 sites were affected:
Similar messages appear on the home pages of Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio), John Tierney (D-Mass.), Charles Gonzales (D-Texas), Brian Baird (D-Wash.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), John Boccieri (D-Ohio), John Olver (D-Mass.), Bobby Bright (D-Ohio), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), John Campbell (R-Calif.), Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and other members.