US ATTACK: Hacker cracks Islamist mailing list

A hacker has cracked a German-based Islamist Web site, publishing on the Web hundreds of e-mail addresses of subscribers to its mailing list, including one of a suspect in last week's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

The hacker, using the alias "Anonyme Feigling ("Anonymous Coward"), posted more than 500 addresses to the Swiss news site http://www.symlink.ch/ on Saturday, unleashing a fierce online debate on the appropriateness of the move.

The German Islamist site, http://www.qoqaz.de/, has been taken offline, but an English-language mirror, http://www.qoqaz.co.uk/, is still accessible. It carries on its main page such articles as "The Islamic Ruling on the Permissibility of Martyrdom Operations" and "Taliban: Allah's Blessing on Afghanistan."

Anonymous Coward defended the action in a post Tuesday, writing, "This site has called for holy war. For me the site is just as acceptable as a site that wants to recruit Nazis for the Fourth Reich. Whoever subscribes to such a list knows exactly what he's doing."

Anonymous Coward also "called the BKA (German criminal police) and reported both the hack and the posting of the list. My name and telephone number are known to them," the hacker wrote.

"We're aware of this case and will consider it within the context of our investigation," said a police spokesman. He declined, however, to offer further details or confirm whether police are aware of the hacker's identity.

One of the addresses in the mailing list was that of a student at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, who has been named by German police in connection with the World Trade Center attack.

An appeal is currently circulating among hackers, calling on them to destroy Web sites and other communication systems linked to the Internet in Islamic countries or used by Islamic organizations, according to the Berlin-based hackers' organization Chaos Computer Club (CCC).

CCC called on hackers to ignore the appeal.

"Electronic communication infrastructures like the Internet are now necessary to contribute to international understanding. In a situation like this, which is understandably tense, it's simply not acceptable to cut lines of communication and provide a stronger foundation for ignorance," CCC spokesman Andy Müller-Marguhn, who also serves as a member of the board of directors of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), said in a statement.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rick Perera

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?