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Texas government website defaced with pro-Iran message

January 7, 2020

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.

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