For once, we have a hacking attack and defacement that might not have anything to do with Anonymous. What seems like the work of somebody within Afghanistan, the Taliban Web site has been attacked and defaced by those who wish to point out the atrocities the group commits.
Reuters is reporting that some “unidentified hackers” have broken into Taliban’s english language propaganda Website twice on Thursday. What did they do? They replaced the usual victory slogans and pro-Taliban propaganda with pictures of executions that the Taliban have carried out.
The pictures were accompanied by a message that read:
“Violence is wrong in all its forms, especially the encouragement by the Taliban of cowardly betrayal and the senseless murder of innocent civilians. The Afghan security forces are accountable to Allah and the Afghan people, and seek to restore peace as the foreigners leave the land.”
The message itself sounds like the work of somebody from within Afghanistan that is in favor of the new government that has been set up. Of course, it could always be the work of foreign hackers using their own form of propaganda to point out the atrocities committed by the Taliban.
A Taliban spokesman told Reuters that the site was hacked a little after midnight on Thursday and then hacked again in the middle of the day. The Taliban blame the hack on “enemies and foreign intelligence services.”
While I’m not ruling out the involvement of Anonymous, there’s been no official statement from any of the branches on Twitter. They would have announced a defacement if any of their members were behind it. I guess we can chalk this attack up to somebody within the country who has had enough of the Taliban.