Hackers block jihadist site

Updated: January 12, 2015
Hackers block jihadist site

Hackers has vowed to avenge those killed in the deadly attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by taking down jihadist websites and social media accounts.


“Freedom of speech and opinion is a non-negotiable thing, to tackle it is to attack democracy,” they wrote in the press release for #OpCharlieHebdo. “Expect a massive frontal reaction from us because the struggle for the defense of those freedoms is the foundation of our movement.”

Saturday, they posted an image on Twitter showing the website ansar-alhaqq.net was offline. An hour later, the website was back up, according to Mashable. The website has been described as a French jihadist website, and it is known as a hot bed for extremist views.

The hacker group hasn’t announced how they took down the website, but it is suspected that they did it with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. This kind of attack involves flooding a website with a lot of traffic at the same time, which overloads the servers running the website and takes it offline, at least temporarily.