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Hackers Condemn Arab Site Hack

Don’t blame hackers for the attacks that recently took down Arab news network Al-Jazeera’s website. Technically the site was hacked. But hackers, who say they abhor breaking into systems for fun or profit — as opposed to malicious crackers and the amateurs known as script kiddies — believe shutting off access to information is distinctly un-hackerlike behavior. Al-Jazeera’s website was downed by relentless denial-of-service attacks early last week. Then, on Thursday, site visitors were automatically redirected to a page bearing an American flag logo and the words “Let Freedom Ring.” “The individual(s) who did this are committing a computer crime and causing censorship,” said Oxblood Ruffin, executive director of Hacktivismo, a group that develops tools to circumvent censorship. “The former would not be tolerated by American courts; the latter is in part why America went to war in the first place. Either way, it’s not good.” Full Story

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