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Tue 23 Jan 2007 04:00 AM

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Saudi hackers deface website

Hackers claiming to be from Saudi Arabia have defaced Zone-h, an archive of defaced websites, after defeating the site’s security.

Hackers claiming to be from Saudi Arabia have defaced Zone-h, an archive of defaced websites, after defeating the site’s security.

The hackers posted the following on the site: “ho ho!

“your security got bypassed .. see more security next time”

They also added a picture which includes the Saudi Arabian flag, as well as their email addresses and code to play music to anyone who visits the site.

The hackers gave no details as to how they bypassed the security around the site, which is hosted on an Apache web server.

The attack comes after warnings from security experts that the Middle East is likely to see increased amounts of home-grown hacking and cyber-criminal activity, as broadband penetration in the region grows.

Late last year several reports identified increased involvement by local criminals in phishing attempts against banks, which require significant input from Arabic speakers to succeed against regional banking portals.

Ironically in the light of the latest attack, security specialists are predicting falling levels of malicious ‘prank’ hacks, in favour of more lucrative targeted attacks.

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