The website of the Texas Department of Agriculture was briefly defaced Tuesday morning and replaced with an image of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general who was killed last week in a U.S. airstrike. A group of hackers referring to themselves as “Shield Iran” claimed credit.
While the department’s site has since been restored, the defacement is similar to other attacks on U.S.-based websites in the days following President Donald Trump’s order to kill Soleimani, who commanded Iran’s Quds Force. Over the weekend, a website belonging to the U.S. Government Publishing Office was defaced with a similar message. The website of the Southern Alabama Veterans Council, a nonprofit group, was also targeted on Tuesday.