Media News - Wednesday, September 05, 2012
The websites of the Arabic news network, Al Jazeera, were hacked on Tuesday, apparently by a group sympathetic to the Syrian regime. Al-Jazeera's English and Arabic websites were affected by the hack, made by a group calling itself al-Rashedon, or "the guided ones". "This is a response to your position against the people and government of Syria, especially your support of the armed terrorist groups and spreading false fabricated news," the group said in a statement blanketing aljazeera.net. "Your website has been hacked, and this is our response to you." In a statement, the network said its external services had been "compromised". It added: "The company that operates them quickly resolved this, though some users may continue to experience issues for a while longer." Commentators said they were not familiar with the group that claimed responsibility. Aaron Zellin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a thinktank based in Washington DC, said: "I think the hackers were just trying to make a statement and get their voices heard. It will get them attention, if just for a few days." Zellin said there were suggestions that the hackers may be a cyber arm of the Shabiha militia loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, but that such a connection was difficult to prove. (The Guardian)
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