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Sen. Grassley’s Twitter Account Hacked by SOPA Protesters

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Twitter account was hacked Monday by the group “Anonymous,” which is protesting the anti-piracy bills being considered in Congress.

The Senator’s account tweeted, “Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, because this man, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR internet censored and all of that BS.”

Then a few minutes later, more hacked tweets: “And yes, I am an Anonymous follower,” his twitter account posted, “uh-oh looks like Chuck is online too.”

Grassley is a supporter of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The group Anonymous has protested the bill fiercely, targeting websites of members of Congress who have supported the bill.

Called “OpDonkeyPunch,” the group claims on their chat rooms and on Twitter they are mounting the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on members of Congress, following last week’s coordinated Internet blackout on some websites like Wikipedia against the bills.

Grassley’s office confirmed that his twitter account was hacked while the Senator, who posts tweets directly from his blackberry himself, was traveling from Iowa to Washington, D.C.

Last week Grassley reversed his support for the Senate’s anti-piracy bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), stating that while there needs to be a way to stem Internet piracy the Senate bill needs “substantial changes.” In light of last week’s protests and numerous senators pulling their support, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday delayed a vote on the bill in order to resolve the problems with the bill.

All erroneous hacked tweets have been since deleted from the Senator’s account.

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Senate Delays Vote on Anti-Piracy PIPA Bill

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Amid this week’s Internet blackout protests over the two anti-piracy bills making their way through Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office announced Friday that Tuesday’s “test vote” on The Protect IP Act (PIPA) will be postponed.

Reid, D-Nev., announced his decision over Twitter.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act #PIPA,” Reid tweeted.

“There’s no reason that legitimate issues raised about PROTECT IP can’t be resolved,” Reid followed up in two additional tweets. “I’m optimistic that we can reach compromise on PROTECT IP in coming weeks.”

The Senate was scheduled to hold a procedural vote on PIPA on Tuesday, Jan. 24, but Friday’s announcement came after numerous co-sponsors of the bill withdrew their support for the bill and called for Reid to delay the test vote.

The House of Representatives’ anti-piracy bill, the Stop online Piracy Act (SOPA), facing similar protests and waning Congressional support, faces an uncertain legislative fate as well.

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