Hackers shut down Saudi education ministry website

Nov 01, 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 .

Explore further: 'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

Related Stories

Twitter briefly blocked by hackers

Dec 18, 2009

(AP) -- Hackers briefly blocked access to the popular Internet messaging service Twitter, steering traffic to another Web site where a group reportedly calling itself the "Iranian Cyber Army" claimed responsibility.

Saudi Arabia suspends BlackBerry messaging: users

Aug 06, 2010

Saudi Arabia suspended BlackBerry messaging services on Friday, according to users of the smartphones, after mobile providers said the action was being taken due to security concerns.

Recommended for you

'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

18 hours ago

Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident—an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo.

Google search mobile switch a revolution for some

Apr 24, 2015

Google's latest Internet revolution this week saw the web giant modify its search algorithm to favour mobile-friendly sites, in a bid to upstage Apple that US media branded a "mobilegeddon".

Cheap content, growing reach make Snapchat a fast-rising star

Apr 22, 2015

Thousands of revelers descended on the Coachella music festival this month to rock out to their favorite bands and party day and night. But a far bigger audience from around the world - at least 40 million - joined in remotely ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.