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INTERNET MESSAGING SERVICE Whatsapp was hit by political protest as its website was hacked by a self proclaimed Palestinian group that claimed to be affiliated with Anonymous.
It's the first we've heard of KDMS, but it has wasted no time in declaring its manifesto on the homepage of the popular instant messaging service, posting a message about liberation for Palestine that took up most of the page, followed by a logo for “Anonymous Palestine” and the usual cheeky hacking banter, “There Is No Full Security We Can Catch You!”
More intriguingly, the hackers went on to say, “Now - We Will Quit Hacking”, which seemed like a bit of an odd boast for a new political hacktivist organisation.
The attack, which included a change of webpage names to “You Got Pwned”, apparently affected some other websites too, as the hackers' Twitter feed shortly afterwards said, “yesterday we owned #Alexa, #redtube, #leaseweb and #facebook deleted our page but today .. we get #avg and #WhatsApp what next ? w8 for us”.
We’re particularly intrigued that these passionate freedom fighters managed to misspell the number two as “TOW”, as well as the word Palestinian as “PLAESTINIAN”, suggesting that the KDMS message was too urgent to warrant the use of a spell checker.
Meanwhile, there have been varying reports of disruption to the Whatsapp messaging service, though at the time of writing these appear to have been fixed. No one from Whatsapp was available for comment, however it is worth noting that all of the websites that the group mentioned in its tweet share a common registrar, Network Solutions, suggesting that it might have been the DNS records that were changed rather than a direct attack on Whatsapp. µ
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