Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hackers Force Al-Arabiya Site Name CIhange

Ian Black writes on The Guardian:

Sectarian cyber warfare in the Middle East has claimed its highest-profile victim yet, forcing a leading pan-Arab TV station to change its internet domain name.

Al-Arabiya Television, based in Dubai, is taking legal action in the US to prevent further hacking after its website was hit by "organized cyber piracy by extremists," the channel said at the weekend.

Last Friday its hacked website displayed a burning Israeli flag and a statement that read: "Serious warning: If attacks on Shia websites continue, none of your websites will be safe."

No group claimed responsibility for the incident, but it followed weeks of hacking that apparently reflects rising tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims across the region.

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