The USG Open Source Center reports on the hacking of the Sadr Movement’s website and its hijacking for anti-Shiite polemics. Cyberwar as part of the Iraq War is nothing new, as I noted in this column last February. The sectarian civil war in Iraq is being fought at every level, from poisoned watermelons and dog-bombs, to decapitated bodies, to DOS attacks and hacking web sites.
|Iraq: Al-Sadr Website Hacked; Hacker Says Shiite Sites To Face Same ‘Fate’|
Iraq– OSC Summary
Friday, June 29, 2007
When checked on 29 June, Al-Sadr website, www.alsader.com, which used to post statements and news of Muqtada al-Sader, was found to be hacked. The site now has a black background with the following written on the homepage:
“Peace be upon you
God damn Shiites wherever they may reside or go
This will be the fate of all their sites, God willing.”
The hacker, who calls himself “Billy”, posts a hyperlinked e-mail address as shown in the below snapshot of the homepage.
Homepage of hacked Al-Sadr website
Under the headline “Shia Scandals”, the hacker cites paragraphs from a book by Al-Khomeini.