Jewish Chronicle's website hacked

20:53, January 19, 2010      

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The Jewish Chronicle's website in Britain has been hacked in the latest of a series of high profile cyber attacks that have occurred in recent weeks.

Hackers placed the Palestinian flag and anti-Semitic messages on the newspaper's homepage and the website was suspended for around 18 hours after the attack.

The site was breached at around 16:00 GMT on Sunday and suspended shortly afterwards to allow technicians to fix the problem. However it took until 10.30 GMT Monday to bring the site back up.

Hackers left a message supporting "Palestinian Mujaheeds" superimposed on the image of the flag along with quotations from the Qu'ran and anti-Semitic views in a mixture of English and Turkish.

The Jewish Chronicle editor, Stephen Pollard, said the attack had come from a Turkish IP address and that technicians were working to learn more about its precise origins.

The Metropolitan police had been informed about the incident, the first of its kind to affect the Jewish Chronicle. It follows recent attacks by a group calling itself the Iranian Cyber Army on Twitter and the Chinese search engine Baidu.

Source: Xinhua/Agencies

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