Friday, May 25, 2012

Government Hackers: Hillary Clinton details U.S. hack of al-Qaida website [Slate]

Interesting times

“The State Department recently hacked an al-Qaida-affiliated website and replaced its anti-American propaganda with information on terrorist killings of civilians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday in what appears to be a rare admission of the cyber counter-terrorism practice.

The Washington Post explains that after learning that an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen had been using tribal websites to spread recruitment propaganda, the government hackers went to work. "Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sited with altered versions," Clinton said in a speech to the Special Operations Command in Tampa.”

Government Hackers: Hillary Clinton details U.S. hack of al-Qaida website.

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