By Alex PareeneThe hacker group Digg is a popular social networking site for posting memes and links to news and information.
The website was recently hit by an attack on its database, forcing Digg to suspend its Twitter and Facebook pages and temporarily shutting down the site for maintenance.
The attack has been attributed to the Russian government, though the exact motive is unknown.
Digg also hosts the largest Drupal 7 exploitable site on the Internet, with about 40 percent of the site’s 2.7 million registered users, according to a report from security firm Sucuri.
The Digg attack appears to be part of an effort to compromise the Drupal 7 website.
“Drupal 7 has been hacked by Russia, and we believe the Russians have been hacking Digg and other sites to steal data from users,” Digg CEO Andrew Horsman wrote in a blog post published last month.
Digs attack on Drupal 7 was not unique to Digg.
The hacktivist group Anonymous also targeted the popular social network in November, when hackers breached the website of the Associated Press, and the website was taken offline after being briefly down for maintenance in December.