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Congress Hack Attack: House Member Web Sites Hacked With Anti-Obama Language

First Posted: 03/30/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

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Congress Hack: House websites were hacked early on Thursday morning.

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.
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