Aljazeera.com, the front page of Al Jazeera English, was hacked this evening by a pro-Syrian government group calling itself Al Rashedon, ostensibly for the channel’s critical coverage of Bashar Al-Assad.
The hackers employed DNS poisoning, according to one analyst, which meant that it was inconsistently delivered across servers around the world.
In our own informal tests, we were able to see the normal site when using the www, and the hacked site without. Other reported similar results, while still more said they only received a 403 server error while trying to load the page.
The Hacker News reports that AlJazeeraSport.net website was offline earlier as well, but it now appears to load normally. They also offer up this translation of the text Al-Rashedon posted:
“In response to your attitude against Syria (the people and government) and your support to the Terrorist and Armed Groups, and sharing Fake news, your site has been hacked and this is our response to you.”
Al Jazeera IT says it is working to restore full functionality to Aljazeera.com, but the site can be loaded normally through the www. version.
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