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Hackers attack Danish Mohammed cartoon website

Internet hackers have attacked a website run by Denmark's Free Press Society selling prints of a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, the group's director said Monday.

world Updated: Apr 21, 2009 00:54 IST

Internet hackers have attacked a website run by Denmark's Free Press Society selling prints of a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, the group's director said Monday.

"We don't know who is behind this attack on our site International Free Press Society, but if it's an attempt to sabotage the sale (of the pictures), this attempt has been a failure," Lars Hedegaard told AFP.

Despite the hacking, Hedegaard said close to "600 of the one thousand signed prints" had been sold, over half of them to foreign buyers.

The prints of the cartoon by Danish artist Kurt Westergaard, featuring the prophet wearing a turban with a lit fuse stuck on the top, were put up for sale for 250 dollars (188 euros) on the group's website on April 8.

A collection of similar drawings by Westergaard and other artists sparked protests from Muslims worldwide when they appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005.

Westergaard, 73, has since received death threats and now lives under police protection after Danish intelligence uncovered a suspected plot by two Tunisian nationals to kill him.