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Islamic hackers invade website of Belvoir Castle in protest over Israeli foreign policy

Islamic hackers invade website of Belvoir Castle in protest over Israeli foreign policy

(Dp-Lincolnshire Echo)

Computer hackers left tourists bemused after replacing a stately home's website with a message protesting Israeli foreign policy.

Since about 4.30pm on Friday afternoon, visitors searching for details on Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, have instead found a black page displaying the Algerian flag and lines of text in Arabic.

Last night, IT experts for the castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, were still trying to remove the unwanted homepage – although the rest of the site appeared to still be accessible via Google.

A spokesman for the castle said they had no idea why the early 19th century property had been targeted in such a manner.





The spokesman said: "We don't know why they have done this to us.

"It happened on Friday afternoon and we've had our IT chap working to try to fix it.

"We've nothing to do with Israel or the Middle East, I just help to organise the teddy bears' picnic."

The number of so-called "defacement" attacks has risen in recent years, with hackers from countries such asEgypt, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Morocco hijacking sites.

The Bank of Israel has previously been targeted with hackers posting anti-Israeli, anti-American and pro-Palestinian messages.

The number of such attacks rocketed during the Israel-Lebannon conflict last year, with a number of sites seemingly unrelated to the conflict caught up in the digital vandalism.

On this occasion, the hacker behind the attack appears to be someone who operates under the alias Blackhunter.dz and claims to be part of an Algerian subversive group called the Dz-SeC Team.

He wrote the following, in Arabic, on the Belvoir Castle website: "The cause of this hack is Israel's presence in the 'Serfor'.

"Internet law does not protect the ignorant.

"Thank you to all the pirates of Algeria."

He then went on to thank 13 of his fellow hackers and post the web address of the collective's discussion forum.

Internet expert Gary Warner, speaking to SC magazine in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict, said: "People are wanting to participate and support Palestine and they're finding ample opportunities through tools being created by hackers.

"You can have almost no skills on the computer and take one of these hacker tools and start using it.

"Anything on the internet that might get traffic is a valid target."

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