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Hackers Attack House Web Sites

(CBS)
Hackers apparently attacked the Web sites of more than 20 House members overnight, posting derogatory comments about President Barack Obama in place of the representatives' normal pages.

The cyber-attack, originally reported by Hotline's Erin McPike, left the following message on the site of Republicans on the House Oversight committee:

"F—- OBAMA!! Red Eye CREW !!!!! O RESTO E HACKER !!! by HADES; m4V3RiCk; T4ph0d4 — FROM BRASIL."

According to McPike, the Red Eye Crew has claimed responsibility for previous web infiltrations, including the sites for Old Dominion University in 2008 and advertising agency Wieden and Kennedy.

Politico reports similar messages were found on the Web sites of Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio), John Tierney (D-Mass.), Charles Gonzales (D-Texas), Brian Baird (D-Wash.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), John Boccieri (D-Ohio), John Olver (D-Mass.), Bobby Bright (D-Ohio), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), John Campbell (R-Calif.), Suzanne Kosmas (R-Fla.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and other members.

A security review is expected to be ordered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democratic leadership aide told Politico.

The attack comes after four men were arrested earlier this week for allegedly tampering with the phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

Update, 3:00 p.m. EST

The alleged hacker attack affected 49 House computer systems, reports CBS News' Jill Jackson.

All of the sites are maintained by GovTrend, an Arlington, Va.-based Web company. A similar attack took place in August, at which time GovTrend was reminded to keep up necessary security measures.

The company is currently working to restore the sites. But if they can't get the sites running in a reasonable amount of time, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House will step in and redirect users to a temporary shell page with basic contact information and an explanation of what happened, CAO spokesman Jeff Ventura told CBS News.

The CAO is investigating the matter and officials are discussing how to deal with GovTrend in the wake of the incident.

The following is a list of the offices and committees affected:

altmire.house.gov
arcuri.house.gov
bachus.house.gov
baird.house.gov
barrow.house.gov
bilirakis.house.gov
boccieri.house.gov
bright.house.gov
campbell.house.gov
carnahan.house.gov
carson.house.gov
charliewilson.house.gov
childers.house.gov
coffman.house.gov
dahlkemper.house.gov
davis.house.gov
doggett.house.gov
driehaus.house.gov
energycommerce.house.gov
gonzalez.house.gov
gop.cha.house.gov
hersethsandlin.house.gov
honda.house.gov
hunter.house.gov
joewilson.house.gov
kirk.house.gov
kosmas.house.gov
larson.house.gov
lipinski.house.gov
lofgren.house.gov
lujan.house.gov
mccollum.house.gov
mcnerney.house.gov
mikepence.house.gov
mitchell.house.gov
mollohan.house.gov
murphy.house.gov
murtha.house.gov
olver.house.gov
quigley.house.gov
republicans.financialservices.house.gov
republicans.oversight.house.gov
resourcescommittee.house.gov
roe.house.gov
schakowsky.house.gov
shea-porter.house.gov
teague.house.gov
tierney.house.gov
welch.house.gov