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Danish websites hacked

Suspected Muslim hackers have broken into around 600 Danish websites to post threats and protest against Prophet's cartoons.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 10:48 IST
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Suspected Muslim hackers have broken into around 600 Danish websites to post threats and protest against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, an Internet monitoring group said on Wednesday.

If pages outside Denmark, where the cartoons first appeared, were included, then the hack attacks numbered around 1,000, the Zone-H Web site, www.zone-h.org, said. Zone-H tracks attacks on websites and listed the sites which had been hacked.

"Danish, you'r D3ad," one page said in garbled English.

The page had been added to a website run by photographer Thomas Jorgensen and below was a photo of a mannequin doll painted in the Danish flag and hanging from its neck.

"I will have to report it to the police," Jorgensen told Reuters.

Jorgensen, who did not know his site had been hacked, said he would also get in touch with the company that provided the server which hosted his website.

Other Web sites such as for left-wing progressive publisher Informationsforlag had a message in Arabic and a small English translation.

"Everything except our prophet -- Allahu Akbar -- Jihad is our way," the text said.

The websites appeared to be randomly hacked and did not necessarily have anything to do with the cartoons which have enraged Muslims around the world.

The websites listed by Zone-H did not include big Danish government Web sites such as www.denmark.dk or the newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which first printed the cartoons in September.

"What came out from the survey is what Zone-H very much expected: the use of the Internet as an instrument to spread out cyber protests related to what happens in the worldwide context," Zone-H wrote.

Several groups of hackers from different Muslim countries had united to produce the greatest amount of damage to Danish and, more generally, Western web-servers, it said.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 00:23 IST