Hackers Being Blamed For Al-Jazeera Outage

Once again, hackers are taking the blame for a denial of service attack which almost anyone with the desire and decent net connectivity could have accomplished.

The difference in this case is that hackers are being drawn into the military conflict between the United States and Iraq. The site in question belongs to Al-Jazeera, an Arabic news organization based in Qatar. And according to this Washington Post story, “many Americans” were angered by that network’s rebroadcast of Iraqi television’s video of captured and killed American soldiers. By making the leap that hackers were responsible for the massive attack which started Tuesday morning, hackers are mistakenly viewed as some kind of cybersoldier dedicated to carrying out American military policy.


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