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Anti-Obama hackers clog House websites

January 28, 2010 |  9:08 am

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By lunchtime, websites of House members all over the political spectrum were down or infiltrated -- clogged by expletive-ridden attacks on President Obama. Also a couple of Republican committee sites.

Claiming responsibility: the Red Eye Crew, which has previously boasted of cyber attacks on Virginia's Old Dominion University and Wieden + Kennedy, a New York advertising firm.

The attacks happened in the wee hours after Obama's State of the Union message. To put it mildly, the language used by the hackers is a clear breach of congressional etiquette.

All the affected sites are served by a third party vendor outside the "firewall" provided by the Capitol's own services. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose sites were not affected, plans to order a review, aides say.

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo Credit: Associated Press

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