Internet Haganah (mildly) Defaced.
I made a quick pass over to Internet Haganah this evening and the bookmarked link I have presented me with what appears to be a defacement page. (FYI this is a delayed posting)
The URL “http://haganah.org.il/haganah” which is registered to Aaron Weisburd now serves up a page titled “Internet Shaitan” (Arabic for “Satan”). The page is signed by one “Abu Syf3r” who also posted over at The Islamic Network regarding this little endeavor a couple of days ago.
Our little “Electronic Mujihadeen” has the following to say on April 6th, 2007.
As-Salāmu `Alaykum my brothers and sisters,
I’m a young muslim who has been devoting his life to fulfill Allah’s (swt) will through using computers. I have found that my brothers and sisters are always in hiding while using the internet but Allah (swt) has given me the gift to protect them from further censorship. Muslims should not fear to speak their minds and hearts on the internet or anywhere else.
The fruits of my labor and Allah’s (swt) will be presented to the world tonight. I stand ready to help all muslims who desire to do similar work. The enemies of Allah will be deminished and their true identities will be revealed. I will continue my struggle to defeat “Shaitan” on the internet.
I can do anything with a computer! You will see my work in the near future and you will hear from me again. Allahu Akbar.
Here’s to hoping your in a Western nation Abu so we can bring the full force of the Patriot Act to bear in an effort to find and prosecute you. It’s actually no big deal if Internet Haganah was defaced, I’m sure Aaron keeps regular backups and exploiting a flaw in a sites contents management system is no great feat of ability.
Update: Aaron states the defacement was minor and no other damage was done.
Update 2: It appears our script kiddie has returned to the Islamic Network forums to claim his 15 minutes of fame:
As -Salamu ‘Alaykum,
As promised, by the will of Allah (swt), Haganah has fallen and it’s true identity as the Shaitan was finally revealed.
Enjoy my brothers and sisters and may Allah (swt) grant you all Jannah.
Aaron had this to say:
Using strictly lawful means we have been involved in removing over a thousand jihadi websites from the internet, in many cases permanently. Using unlawful means jihadis have inconvenienced us on two occasions, without any significant impact on our efforts. The second such event happened this Friday, when person or persons using the name ‘Abu Syf3r’ defaced two pages on two of the domains of the Internet Haganah project, located on a server in the United States.
We’d like to thank everyone who
a: reported to us the attack on the two domains, and then
b: held off on blogging about it in order to allow the investigation to begin in relative peace and quiet.
The investigators – being none too happy with having to work on the weekend – particularly appreciated that. As for security, we have ten domain names associated with this project, and each domain is hosted on one or more servers. The system we use is designed to allow the work continue even under circumstances such as this. The account that was compromised will be terminated and has already been replaced by two others. Reports of “the fall of Internet Haganah” are highly exaggerated.
It’s pretty much a non-event but thanks for playing script kiddies.
As Aaron stated, some of us were aware of this while it was underway but let things settle down to let “Abu Syf3r” have time to brag about it a little.