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Turkish hackers down Dagbladet.no. Possible links to Prophet Mohammed caricatures. Dagbladet’s Internet paper was hit by hackers yesterday, crippling the site for about 1½ hours.Suspicious The denial of service (DDOS) offensive started at about 19:30, when several IP addresses from Turkey started downloading the paper’s front page about 5,000 times each in a short space of time.

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Turkish hackers down Dagbladet.no

Published on Thursday, 11th February, 2010 at 11:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 12th February 2010 at 19:55.

Possible links to Prophet Mohammed caricatures.

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Dagbladet’s Internet paper was hit by hackers yesterday, crippling the site for about 1½ hours.

Suspicious

The denial of service (DDOS) offensive started at about 19:30, when several IP addresses from Turkey started downloading the paper’s front page about 5,000 times each in a short space of time.

“I got to know about this just before about 20:30 We used a long time to find out what the cause was, and our suspicions that we’d been subjected to a DDOS from Turkish hackers were confirmed just before 21:00,” Lars Helle, Dagbladet’s acting Editor in Chief tells NRK.

Connections?

Many Norwegian Muslims have reacted to Dagbladet’s decision to reproduce a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the front page of their paper edition last week, portraying the prophet as a pig.

Dagbladet has also reprinted Danish Kurt Westergaard’s controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoon depicting the prophet with a bomb in his turban. Westergaard was the target of a recent assassination attempt in his home.

Aftenposten reports that there were many theories yesterday evening on Twitter as to why the paper’s site was down, but Helle is discounting any link between the two for now.

“I don’t generally subscribe to conspiracy theories, though I understand why you’re asking the question,” he tells his paper.

Protests

But Dagbladet’s reprinting of the cartoon has had repercussions. Early on Saturday morning approximately 1,000 Muslim taxi drivers from Oslo and Akershus parked their vehicles in protest, causing traffic chaos in the centre.

“It’s an abuse of our freedom of speech. We want to show our opposition to the exploitation of our values,” Rashad Munir, one of the taxi drivers told VG.

And Arfan Qadir Bhatti has set up a Facebook group encouraging young Muslims to partake in a new peaceful demonstration in Oslo tomorrow.

Bhatti was placed in, but later released from preventative custody by police before Barack Obama’s recent Nobel Peace Prize visit to Oslo, after they overheard a phone call in which they allege he planned to buy explosives.

Last month, also Aftenposten was heavily criticised for reproducing Westergaard’s cartoon by the Pakistani Foreign Office, the country’s National Assembly, and Jamaat-ud-Dawa – a group on the UN’s terror list, believed to have links to the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

VG’s site was down for about 45 minutes from about 21:00 yesterday as well, though it was later discovered this had nothing to do with the DDOS attack.




Published on Thursday, 11th February, 2010 at 11:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 12th February 2010 at 19:55.

This post has the following tags: dagbladet, aftenposten, vg, nrk, prophet, mohammed, cartoons, protests, muslims, denmark, norway, kurt, westergaard, hackers, turkey, arfan, qadeer, bhatti, barack, obama, oslo, nobel, peace, prize, .





  
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