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Lebanese Parliament website hacked

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: The website of the Lebanese Parliament was hacked Saturday morning by a group that identified itself as “Team Kuwaiti Hackers.”

The secretary general of the parliament issued a statement shortly after the hacking saying that the relevant directorate is working on restoring the website to normal.

The statement also warned the hackers they will be judicially pursued by the relevant authorities.

The hackers placed the photo of controversial Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir on the website and displayed a message opposing Hezbollah and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The message, addressed to “the Sunni population in Lebanon” said that Hezbollah has always bullied the Sunnis in Lebanon and is now trying to do the same in the war-torn Syria.

The message also condemned any form of support for Assad, describing him as a “sheep.”

A religious chant could also be heard on the hacked website.

Last year, a group of hackers identifying itself as Raise Your Voice (RYV) took down a number of websites of the Lebanese government.

The group, which remained anonymous, took down the websites of the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (omsar.gov.lb) and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (pcm.gov.lb).

 

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