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October 13, 2008
Sunni-Shiite cyber war escalates

Hackers left this message on Al Arabiya’s Web site.

On Friday, hackers hijacked the Internet domain of a pan-Arab TV station, Al Arabiya (English version).

When online news readers went to Al Arabiya’s Web site, they saw an image of a burning Israeli flag and a warning message.

Al Arabiya still does not have control of its domain and is pursuing legal action in the U.S. to reclaim it. In the meantime, Al Arabiya routed web users from AlArabiya.net to AlArabiya.tv.

This incident is nothing new — a Sunni-Shiite cyber war has been raging for some time.

The online publication “Asharq Alawsat” describes cyber attacks last February.

The blog “Eye Raki” discuses the hacking of some of the most visited Sunni Web sites.

The Jordanian blogger Abbas Hawazin discusses this attack and how it reflects Sunni-Shiite relations.

Al Arabiya posted an article on the attack, and described some of the conversation that has been taking place in online forums.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Darren Hester under a Creative Commons license.

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