'Innocence of Muslims' Video Protestors Take to the Web
The image displayed on the website jesusholyland.com after it was hacked Sept. 13, 2012.
CREDIT: Screen grab by SecurityNewsDaily
Violent reactions to U.S.-made video that denigrates the Prophet Muhammed continue to rock Arab streets today, but the battle rages on the Internet as well.
Pakistani hacker Hitcher turned to the Web to express his own displeasure by vandalizing jesusholyland.com, a website that bills itself as the "ultimate source for the Israeli experience."
"Protest Aganist the Movie Innocense of Muslims," read the misspelled banner on the newly defaced travel site.
The message appeared above a Guy Fawkes mask, the unofficial symbol of Anonymous, painted in the colors of the Pakistani flag with the words "Hitcher is here."
Hitcher also called out Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, thought to be "Sam Bacile," the producer of the incendiary film, and Terry Jones, a Gainesville, Fla., pastor who sparked religious tensions in April when he led a Quran-burning event.
Hitcher hacked a different Israeli website in June in support of Mr. Badoo, the alias of another hacker who was arrested by the FBI.
While Hitcher's virtual tag remains visible as of this writing, a group called the Bangladesh Grey Hat Hackers is threatening to attack U.S. websites over the film.
"WHY AMERICANS MADE CINEMA OF RASUL Prophet Mohammad (sm) IN INSULTING TERMS...??" the group wrote on its Facebook group page, which has 164 members. "THEY HAVE CROSSED THE LIMIT...... NO MERCY FOR THEM,,,,BANGLADESH GREY HAT HACKERS IS COMING..... BE PREPARED TO SEE OUR NAME ON UR CYBER SPACE."
The Bangladeshi hackers have not named any targets and, as of this writing, they do not appear to have attacked any websites in response to the video.
Hackers hacked into and left a threatening message on a Brownsburg, Ind., school's website, possibly in connection to the video. The FBI is investigating and classes were held as scheduled today.
Google, which owns YouTube, has already made the "Innocence of Muslims" video clip unavailable in Egypt and Libya, in a belated effort to quell the violence that took the life of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three others.
Officials in Afghanistan have made YouTube completely unavailable.