The most popular website The Times of Israel’s was hacked by a Turkish group on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
On Thursday, the English-language news site’s homepage highlighted an image of children enjoy a Turkish flag and a line that clearly pledged to protect “Palestine” and Gaza.
Under this was a Quran verse that reads, in part, “And they abused Us not — but they were [only] hurting themselves.” It obtained written in Turkish, Arabic and English.
This page was expressed by the group Akincilar, which hacked multiple Dutch websites briefly this year after Turkey and the Netherlands had a political falling-out in the wake of Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s contentious poll win.
Particular of the site’s spouse publications — so as that Atlanta Jewish Times and the New Jersey Jewish Standard, which clearly announced online in the Times of Israel site — “were not affected by the hack”. Still, the homepage of The New York Jewish Week, one of the Times of Israel’s co-workers, directed to the very Akincilar page on Thursday morning.
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The Times of Israel is under hacker attack. We’re working to restore normal service as soon as possible.
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) November 2, 2017
The website was back online late Thursday midday.
“How impoverished and wherewith poorly it matches on them,” stated Times of Israel editor David Horovitz, “that the hackers attempt to restrict parts from reading effective, autonomous reporting on Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world.”
Thursday is the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, the first public statement from the British government that announced it supported the establishment of a Jewish state in then-Palestine