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'Mujihadeen' Hackers Take Out US Government Sites

by Nikola Strahija on December 13th, 2001 Two Web sites operated by the United States government were attacked Thursday by a group that threatened violence against Americans.

Hackers who defaced the Web site of the U.S. General Accounting Office say they acted to protest the U.S. war in Afghanistan as well as the plight of Palestinians and Kashmiris. Meanwhile, government officials say they've discovered the security flaw exploited by the vandals, but expressed little hope of catching the perpetrators.

Both defaced pages bore the flag of Saudi Arabia and contained titles that read, in Urdu, "Allah is the greatest of all." At the bottom of the pages was a sentence that read in Urdu "Americans be prepared to die." The hackers did not identify the name of their group but signed the pages "anonymous."

Officials from the two U.S. organizations were not immediately available for comment. Both Web sites, which were running the Apache Web server on the Linux operating system, were unreachable today.

In the message at the NIH site, the attackers called themselves "mujihadeens" and wrote "we are not hacker, we are just cyberterrorist." On the NOAA site, the group threatened "the greatest cyberterrorist attack against American government".

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