Twitter briefly blocked by hackers

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NEW YORK – Hackers briefly blocked access to the well-known Internet messaging service Twitter, steering traffic to another site where a group reportedly calling itself the "Iranian Cyber Army" claimed responsibility.

Users trying to reach Twitter early on Friday were redirected to a Web page that CNN reported had a picture of a green flag and a message that said, "This website has been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army."

There was no evidence the hackers are actually linked to Iran. Web sites like Facebook and Twitter helped bring attention to the Iranian opposition in the country's crackdown after its June elections, with users posting minute-by-minute updates and amateur video.

Twitter later on Friday posted a message on its blog that said its Domain Name Systems' records "were temporarily compromised but have now been fixed." The site says it will update with more details "once we have investigated more fully."

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