A new group of hackers, known as the Arab Electronic Army, has emerged from a collection of Arab countries and it looks like their call to cyber arms is based upon the controversial Nakoula Basseley film, Innocence of Muslims.
So far this new band of hackers has, allegedly, hacked the following web sites:
Most of the above seem to be relatively low key sites with Brazilian domain names.
One of the alleged members of the Arab Electronic Army, Ridouan aka ReD-Zar, said,
“The hacking operations are of course a response to the offense against the prophet, peace and blessing be upon him.”
The spokesman for the group who said that the attacks were a “campaign to defend Allah’s prophet” said that they had received widespread support in their efforts to defend their religion. Whilst the film Innocence of Muslims (a collection of provocative clips uploaded to YouTube in June) hasn’t been expressly mentioned it does seem likely to be a motivating factor in a region where violent protests arose after the film’s publication.
Whether the continuing controversy surrounding the film will lead to higher profile hacks from the Arab Electronic Army, only time will tell, but what does seem likely is that they will certainly be planning more hacks at the very least…
photo: David Ooms