Hackers knock out al-Qaeda's online distribution channels

Al-Qaeda may be having a difficult time giving orders and getting information out to members after its websites were leveled in denial-of-service attacks from the West, reports the Register.

The disruption of the Jihadists' online distribution channels seem to have been done in a sophisticated, coordinated way with no one taking credit; likely involving “application layer assaults” and attempts to hide the origin to prevent traffic filtering tools, the article said.

Not the first attack of it kind, last year British hackers targeted an al-Qaeda magazine and replaced instructions on how to make bombs with a cupcake recipe from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' book.

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