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Al-Jazeera Websites Hit By Denial-of-service Attack

Who’s to blame? The websites of Al-Jazeera have been taken offline, in what has been confirmed by the Qatar-based media organisation as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the company’s Domain Name Servers (DNS). The agency, which operates an Arab-language site and launched an English-language website on Monday, provides a starkly different view on the war with Iraq than that offered by many Western media outlets. According to a report on ABC Online, the English site was hit almost immediately by what they have termed “hacker attacks” and technical glitches. The report quoted Al-Jazeera managing editor Joanne Tucker as saying “we’ve had a lot of obstacles thrown in our way”. “I thought the launch of this site would be quite smooth and wouldn’t make too many waves but the reaction has been amazing – it has been almost surreal.” Full Story

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