Armenian hackers recently took down several Web sites in Azerbaijan, including the president's Web site, the site for the Azerbaijani Supreme Court, and several news sites, to protest the government's recent issuing of a pardon to a Azerbaijani soldier who had killed an Armenian with an axe in 2004.

"Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev issued an order that killer Ramil Safarov 'should be freed from the term of his punishment' directly after he arrived earlier on a plane from Budapest, where he had been serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder. ... Safarov hacked Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian to death with an axe at a military academy in Budapest, where the servicemen from the ex-Soviet neighbor states were attending English-language courses organised by NATO," AFP reports.

"Safarov was flown to Baku and freed, despite Azerbaijan's assurances that his life sentence would be enforced," BBC News reports.

ArmeniaNow's Gohar Abrahamyan reports that cyber attacks were launched in both directions. "Information Security expert Samvel Martirosyan told ArmeniaNow that a group of Armenian hackers has attacked 15 Azeri websites of highest importance," Abrahamyan writes. "To retaliate, Azeri hackers have attacked Armenian websites. 'This is the biggest cross-fire in the Armenian and Azerbaijan cyber war of the recent years. Both sides have been attacking for the past two years: DDoS attacks, when a website simply becomes 'not accessible' and when the site is hacked and injected with unrelated content,' says Martirosyan."

"A group of hackers calling themselves the 'Azerbaijani Defacers' took down the Armenian president's official website today," The Hurriyet Daily News reports. "The group claimed they carried out the attack on Serzh Sargsyan’s site to counter the hacking of numerous Azerbaijani websites by Armenian hackers in recent days."