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Islamists Hack Popular Iranian Community Web Site

Hamid Tehrani at Global Voices reports that Balatarin (the highest), a popular Iranian community Web site, has been hacked. Balatarin has been described as a combination of reddit, digg, newsvine, and It is one of the most popular sites on the Iranian Internet, despite the fact that it has been filtered since 2007.

The conservative Fars News agency reported that the Web site was hacked by Islamist hackers due to insufficient promotion of links about the recent Gaza conflict, and also because links posted by pro-government users were often neglected.

Still, in great interactive Web fashion, an alternative Web site has already been set up, the site’s managers have been twittering about the issue, and online discussion groups have also organically emerged.

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