Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

Summary: Maybe hacktivists can have a real cause after all. Instead of targeting corporations this time, hackers have gone after the most infamous terrorist network of them all: al-Qaida.

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Maybe hacktivists can have a real cause that we can all get behind after all. Instead of targeting corporations this time, hackers have gone after the most infamous terrorist network of them all: al-Qaida.

It's not exactly clear just yet as to which group of hackers is responsible for this cyber-attack, whether it be the more well-known players as of late (Anonymous or Lulz Security) or even another group altogether. However, there is speculation that this infiltration could be the work of government-sponsored hackers.

Nevertheless, whomever is responsible managed to "shut down al-Qaida's ability to communicate its messages to the world through the Internet," according to NBC News. Al-Qaida's communications network is only expected to be down for a short time, although the damage could last for several days.

Hack attacks have grown exponentially this year (at least in attention), and most of them have been targeted towards large, global enterprises dedicated to banking and technology, such as Citigroup, Sega and, most notably, Sony. Other security breaches have incurred upon the United States Senate, the CIA and other government websites around the world.

This isn't the first time hackers have messed with al-Qaida, and it's not even just random people on the Internet who have subverted the group online. For example, just earlier this month, British intelligence agency MI6 replaced a site sponsored by al-Qaida dedicated to bomb making instructions with a cupcake recipe from beloved American personality Ellen DeGeneres' website.

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  • Finally....

    They did something right....
    Gis Bun
    • RE: Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

      @Gis Bun
      ???
      Wouldn't expect al-quaida to be fans of cupcakes. Ellen DeGeneres? recipe no less...
      nssdiver
    • Finally?

      @Gis Bun these guys have been doing some "right" all along. The support for the Arab spring protests, support for Wikileaks, support for a lot of people in free speech and other rights issues.
      There has always been a lot of the right stuff in these hacktivists efforts so the finally comment is a bit late.
      sysop-dr
    • RE: Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

      @Gis Bun -
      Maybe we can go after those al-Qaida guys for copyright infringement - hosting Ellen's material on their site.

      I would imagine that this has been going on for some time. They are a target for most of the world, and I would think a fairly easy one.
      Schoolboy Bob
    • RE: Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

      @Gis Bun , ehh?? Anonymous have done the right all the time I've known about them. I didn't get what you are trying to say.
      aim2free
  • Why aren't they grabbing their data and releasing it?

    Seems to me if you are able to hack them you are able to steal all their data..... wheres the address book???????

    Probably just more BS make believe from the gov.
    Reality Bites
  • RE: Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

    The hackers finally did something ethical.
    malcolm@...
  • RE: Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

    It matters not who the target is, hackers are still breaking the law.
    Thank you anyway.
    Normal_z
  • RE: Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

    "It matters not who the target is, hackers are still breaking the law . . ."

    Wrong. Not when the hacker is a government contractor, or direct employee. Government, don't ya know, is exempt from the law.
    WCarlS
    • RE: Hackers target and cripple al-Qaida communications

      @WCarlS - It's obvious you don't work for the government. There are far more rules and laws that government employees must suffer under in the interests of "fairness" than the average taxpayer expects.<br><br>Example: Say that you, as a government employee, need to purchase a software package to accomplish some task that needed to be done two months ago. <br><br>The problem is that as a government employee, you cannot just go buy it, instead you have to create a contract proposal that defines the functionality the software provides that you need to acomplish this task. <br><br>Then the contract is put out for bidding. The person or company that provides the lowest bid gets the contract whether it's the actual software you had in mind, or not. <br><br>This can take between 6 and 18 months to be finalized. <br><br>Then you have to get approval to actually SPEND the money. This can take another month minimum.<br><br>The only people in the government that the laws seem to not apply to are Congress and the President. Everyone is pretty much screwed.
      PollyProteus
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