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WEB SITE OF C-SPAN VANDALIZED BY HACKERS

Hackers vandalized the Internet site of the C-SPAN cable television network Sunday, replacing its Web page with a note that included what they claimed to be a transcript of a conversation between a U.S. government official and the leader of a Middle Eastern country.

The hackers, calling themselves "United Loan Gunmen," also claimed responsibility for the defacement of ABC's Internet site just weeks ago.

Officials at C-SPAN, the public-affairs cable network that broadcasts House and Senate proceedings and other public-affairs programming, could not be reached to comment.

The Web site for C-SPAN was temporarily replaced with a black page carrying the logo for the hacker group. It also included what it described as a transcript of a 1983 conversation suggesting that federal officials planned to start a military skirmish in the Middle East to benefit the American military-industrial complex.

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