The official website of the United Nations (UN) appears to have been hacked and briefly displayed a message protesting United States and Israeli policies in the Middle East.
The section of the site reserved to statements by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shows a message, repeated several times, that reads: “Hacked By kerem125 M0sted and Gsy That is CyberProtest Hey Ysrail and Usa dont kill children and other people Peace for ever No war.”
The message also appeared on other web pages that usually display quotes and speeches from the Secretary General.
The pirate message disappeared from the UN website, www.un.org, at about 9:15am (GMT). Mr Ban’s spokesperson was not available for comment.
Previous attacks attributed to the hackers found on other websites suggested that at least one of them was Turkish.
Citing the hacker names that appeared on the UN site, the www.m0sted.org website says CyberProtest’s objective is to say “that the powerful have no right to oppress the powerless”.
The move, it says, was launched by Eno7 and the Byond Crew Hack Team and is now continued by three hackers – kerem125, m0sted and gsy.
The website lists a number of institutions whose websites the trio had also allegedly hacked, including Harvard University, the UN Environment Program and industrial giants Toyota and Nestle.
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