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Cyber-war Rages Over Iraq

As the conflict continues in Iraq, nerds are fighting their own war in cyberspace. Both pro- and anti-war hackers are causing mayhem on the Web. Pro-and-anti Iraq war protesters have been making their point by hacking into Web sites in a display of “cyber activism”, rather than with the traditional can of spray paint or placard. Countless activists — protesters or war hawks — have the ability to hijack or cripple Web sites from the opposing camp, leaving in their wake a graveyard of busted and defaced links. “This is the future of protest,” said Roberto Preatoni, founder of Zone-H, an Estonian firm that monitors and records hacking attacks. Since the war in Iraq started last week, the firm has recorded over 20,000 Web site defacements. The most notable victim was al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite TV network that angered many Western television viewers earlier this week when it aired footage of dead soldiers and prisoners-of-war. Full Story

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