Al Jazeera Hacked

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The English and Arabic Web sites for news network Al Jazeera were hacked on Tuesday.

"The hackers posted a Syrian flag on the site, blaming the Qatar-based news agency for backing 'armed terrorist groups and spreading lies and fabricated news,'" writes Newser's Matt Cantor.

According to Gizmodo, a statement posted on the site read as follows: "In response to your stand against Syria (Government and the People) And your support to terrorist groups in addition to spreading lies and made up news. We have hacked your website and this is our retaliation."

"In a statement, the network said its external services had been 'compromised,'" writes The Guardian's Alexander Hotz. "It added: 'The company that operates them quickly resolved this, though some users may continue to experience issues for a while longer. We thank our online community for their patience and support.'"

"The hacking attack, claimed by a group calling itself 'al-Rashedon,' is the latest in a wave of cyber attacks on news agencies and energy companies, carried out by hostile governments, militant groups or private 'hacktivists' to make political points," Reuters reports. "Last month, Qatar's Rasgas, the world's second-biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, found a virus in its office computer network, just two weeks after the world's biggest oil producer, Saudi Aramco, in neighbouring Saudi Arabia was hacked into."