Hackers Deface Al-Qaeda Web Site - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Hackers Deface Al-Qaeda Web Site

A group of hackers attacks the Web site of a Qaeda-linked group that has claimed responsibility for numerous kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq.

A group of hackers calling themselves TeAmZ USA on Tuesday attacked the Web site of a Qaeda-linked group that has claimed responsibility for numerous kidnappings and beheadings of Westerners in Iraq.

The hackers shunted requests for the site of the Tawhid and Jihad Group of Al-Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to a page showing a machine-gun toting penguin, smashed monitor, and the warning, "Host them and your [sic] next."

The message refers to the free hosting firm that serves up the site. By early Wednesday, the Web site had returned to normal. Islamic militants have taken to using the Web for propaganda purposes, often closing sites and shifting providers on short notice.

al-Zarqawi's group beheaded two American captives, Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley, last week, and is threatening a third, a British citizen named Kenneth Bigley. The Web site has been used to post videos of the hostages pleading for their lives, and footage of the beheadings.

The TeAmZ USA group has hit the Tawhid and Jihad Group site before. In late August, it tagged the site with a graphic of a large American flag and a photo of Osama bin Laden in crosshairs.

An image of the TeAmZ USA penguin hack can be found on several bloggers' Web sites, including this one.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
How GIS Data Can Help Fix Vaccine Distribution
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/17/2021
Graph-Based AI Enters the Enterprise Mainstream
James Kobielus, Tech Analyst, Consultant and Author,  2/16/2021
11 Ways DevOps Is Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  2/18/2021
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll