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Hackers target Palestinian news sites
Published Wednesday 01/02/2012 (updated) 09/02/2012 13:47
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hackers temporarily shut down two Palestinian news websites in the occupied West Bank late Tuesday, the latest targets in a string of hacks on Mideast websites.

There was no immediate indication of who was behind the attacks on Wafa, the Palestinian Authority's official news agency, and several websites affiliated with Ma'an Network including its news page.

The attacks follow a string of tit-for-tat hacks of Israeli, Saudi and Iranian websites over the past month. Last week Israel's mainstay Haaretz newspaper was taken offline temporarily by pro-Palestinian hackers.

Israeli and Arab hacking groups have claimed responsibility for targeting dozens of websites in December and January, usually causing short-lived outages but little major damage.

The head of IT at Ma'an, Haitham Mousa, said the latest appeared to be a type of distributed denial-of-service attack, a common tactic to overwhelm a website's servers with repeated access requests.

The attacks continued into Wednesday, but most services were back up by dawn.

"When a visitor clicks the website, they will get either a message telling them the website is too busy, or that it is down," said Haitham Mousa, head of IT services for Ma'an Network.

"They couldn't take it down completely. We were able to return the site by yesterday evening," Mousa said. "This is an opportunity for us to study these kinds of attacks" and how to prevent them.

Editor-in-chief Nasser Laham said it was hard to pinpoint the source of the attack, as hundreds of thousands of requests originated in several countries -- namely Sweden, Brazil and Israel.

Ma'an regularly registers half a million visitors from Palestine, Israel, Arab countries, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia, making it difficult to pinpoint the origin, he said.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
01/02/2012 16:28
if you want to minimize hacking hire an israeli IT company. they are the best

2 ) lol / rofl
01/02/2012 16:46
#1 yeah.... recent events beg to differ ;p

3 ) carine / UK
01/02/2012 20:40
#1 - It was probably Israel wot did it!

4 ) Carlos / USA
01/02/2012 22:53
israeli software companies suck. I would go to India or Egypt because they do a better job than sleazy israeli software companies.

5 ) Daoud / Ksa-palestine
02/02/2012 07:57
Southparkbear / usa :
If your are saying Israel the best by IT , then let them to solve their problems made by Saudi hacker.
Note : nothing is called Israel its (occupied palestine)

6 ) ian / australia
02/02/2012 07:58
#2 Robby / USA "Do you think those guys in the picture are Jews?" Of course they're not Jews. They're Palestinian children burning tires in Al-Issawiya, perhaps not the wisest thing to do but understandable given they've lived their whole lives in an apartheid police state under brutal occupation by their next door neighbour! You see Robby, I am not so extreme as Colin (#4) and accept that Jews born or living, even newly arrived in pre June '67 Israel are "in their own country"...

7 ) Robby / USA
02/02/2012 16:40
6 ) ian / australia - I know you are not so extreme Ian, we have exchanged some reasonable posts before. But I think this is in the wrong place (done it myself before).

8 ) Robby / USA
02/02/2012 20:19
4 ) Carlos / USA - "Israeli software companies suck." - LOL! How do you know who wrote the software on your PC? Why don't you rid yourself of all Israeli software? Computers, phones and everything else? Then send us a letter. Oops, USPS uses Israeli software too, give us a call. Oops, so does just about every phone company. Send a smoke signal.

9 ) southparkbear / usa
02/02/2012 22:52
false, false, false. if it was true we would have seen HTTB and not HTTP

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/02/2012 22:42
To ian #6 'You see Robby, I am not so extreme as Colin (#4) and accept that Jews born or living, even newly arrived in pre June '67 Israel are "in their own country"...' I don't understand the logic here. Would Germans who settled in Poland after 1939 be 'in their own country' after some date? The borders Israel accepted in 1947 have some technical legality -- no such legitimacy attaches to any other land simply because she seized it before 1967.

11 ) Robby / USA
04/02/2012 18:10
10 ) Colin Wright / USA - While Ian and I do not agree on this, he does seem to understand that extremist views (all Jews out or all Palestinians out) is not the solution. You can draw analogies, continue to insist that your "history" is correct and call anyone who has a different point a view a liar all you want, I don't think it will accomplish much.

12 ) ian / australia
05/02/2012 13:01
#10 "I don't understand the logic here." Colin, my post ended up on the wrong story and missing its second half which might have clarified...but basically there's no logic to understand, just pure arbitrary pragmatism! I think what you say about the 1947 borders is technically true (though denied by Israel) but strategically a non-starter. The Western Wall (HaKotel) is technically in occupied East Jerusalem, beyond the borders agreed to in 1947 (and formally invoked in announcements...

13 ) ian / australia
05/02/2012 13:01
(contd.) to the world!) but the chance of its inclusion in a new Palestine is surely, er...low. Low also, I think, is the likelihood or viability of one democratic state, "the most formidable sect in the world" being unlikely to embrace national suicide anytime soon! So I think I'm saying I would accept the "reality" of sovereign pre-June '67 Israel, which is not the same as accepting its "legitimacy", as a strategic way of making the Palestinian case for the 22% state compelling...

14 ) ian / australia
05/02/2012 13:02
(contd.) in its modesty and reasonableness...though I think, based on previous posts, we may differ on this.
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