Hackers shut down Saudi education ministry website

November 1, 2010
A skull and crossbones is seen above a computer keyboard. The Saudi education ministry's website was shut down after hackers posted pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and a syringe-wielding youth.

The Saudi education ministry's website was shut down on Monday after hackers posted pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and a youth wielding a syringe.

Hackers calling themselves the "True Promise Team" posted Nasrallah's picture and blasted Saudi treatment of the kingdom's minority Shiites in the first hack, according to a cached version of the page published on the Sabq.org news website.

They signed it with the name of Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric.

is predominantly Sunni Muslim.

The first page was subsequently replaced by another hack, carrying a photo of a syringe-wielding young man or woman, the cache of which could be accessed through .

That page appeared to give the pseudonyms of several .

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