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Islamist Hackers Shut Down Egyptology Research Journal

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the didn't-go-down-like-that dept.

Censorship 564

An anonymous reader writes "Radical Islamist hackers have been harassing Egyptologist Kate Phizackerley's online journal Egyptological and her blog KV64. Phizackerley and her team finally got tired of it and shut their online work down. As blogger Roger Pearse says, 'A bunch of violent scumbags... who never have contributed in any way to the web, have successfully interfered with the scientific effort of the entire human race... Next year there will be more.' How do we route around damage like this?"

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564 comments

Route around damage (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656389)

No, you route the damage to the attacker. A predator drone should do nicely.

Re:Route around damage (1)

RoboJ1M (992925) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656939)

Good start, the google car probably logged where all their IPs where so that's easy enough.

"How do we route around damage like this?"

Although unless they were actually harassing her in the street and at home, why is this a problem?
It says a "professional hacking group" but really? Isn't it just Google's Blogger? Is it really that vulnerable that a bunch of skiddies can deface it?
If it really is, why not move to a host that isn't vulnerable.

Does anybody have a link to more information about what was actually going on?
I'm genuinely interested.

Re:Route around damage (1, Interesting)

briancox2 (2417470) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656973)

No, you route the damage to the attacker. A predator drone should do nicely.

Do you have the same response when the hackers' cause is fighting against government corruption? The crimes are the same, aren't they? Even if the philosophies behind them are very different.

KING TUT LIVES !! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656391)

And he ain't happy, not one bit !!

Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656393)

There is no such thing as "Moderate" Islam. If they're "moderate" they're practicing Taqiyaa or they're Apostate. Go read the Qu'ran and the Hadith to know Islam and know that if you don't believe (Kafir) you are to be put to the sword- or lied to, stolen from, taxed into submission, or raped when it's not practical or possible to kill you.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (1, Informative)

ameen.ross (2498000) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656451)

I have no respect for people who conflate mainstream Sunni Islam with an extremist Twelver Shiite branch. Neither should anyone else.

Educate yourself people.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (1, Flamebait)

dskoll (99328) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656597)

Islam of any sort is dangerous, retrograde and regressive. Even the most "enlightened" version of Islam has no redeeming qualities compared to its negative qualities.

This is true of most religion, but Islam currently happens to be the most dangerous to the future of humanity.

The Money Religion (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656687)

People are fanatic about it, and kill every day for it.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656621)

I have no respect for people who conflate mainstream Sunni Islam with an extremist Twelver Shiite branch. Neither should anyone else.

Educate yourself people.

Pfft. Some believer in magic is telling us all to educate ourselves.

Listen. The burden is on you. It's your religion. You want to improve your religion's image? Then convince other members of the Mohammed cult not to blow people up or cut off infidels heads or to stone people to death.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (5, Informative)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656725)

Read the Quran. It strongly promotes violance, sexism, war, intolerance of any other religions, etc. That is Islam whether most muslims act that way or not.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (5, Insightful)

srobert (4099) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656839)

I read it. You're absolutely right, violence, sexism, war, intolerance.... Oh wait, that was the Bible I was reading. Nevermind.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (2, Insightful)

ameen.ross (2498000) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656953)

How come you are telling me to read qur'an? Me, being an educated Atheist convert to Islam, shouldn't I know at least a little bit about my own religion?

Yes, I've read the qur'an, more than once, but more importantly, I also read commentaries of it, explaining the context. Which is, as any sane person should know, essential to understand the meaning.

Most of what I've read is that Islam encourages compassion, learning and debating in the best way. I could cite a lot of passages, and I mean a lot, in case you don't believe me.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656969)

Read the Quran. It strongly promotes violance, sexism, war, intolerance of any other religions, etc. That is Islam whether most muslims act that way or not.

As opposed to the bible of Christianity? Both Old and New testaments have been used to promote violence, sexism war and intolerance. Hell, even the idea that there is a Christian theological argument justifying toleration of slightly different Christian denominations with slightly different beliefs on esoteric subjects such as Double Procession only really arose with Erasmus about 500 years ago, and weren't widely accepted for hundreds more years (and still aren't, by many churches). I'm tired of 'No True Scotsman' arguments where the most extreme Muslims are taken as the 'true' Muslims, and a theoretical saint-like Christian is the 'true' Christian. In practice, it has always been easy for Christians to find justification in their faith for violence.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (2)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656849)

with all respect.

not all Shi'ites are frothing at the mouth lunatics.

Just like not all Sunnis are takfuri, or even worse, wahabis.

--the last sane American left, it feels sometimes.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (4, Insightful)

Cruciform (42896) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656861)

Extremists are just fundamentalists. And when it's the fundamentals are repulsive it's time to shut the whole thing down. That goes for any religion.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656919)

I hear this debate all the time but admit I understand none of it. Does the Qu'ran require the forced submission of unbelievers or not? I keep seeing quotes from it that says unbelievers are to be destroyed. Are you saying this is not correct?

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (2)

ameen.ross (2498000) | about a year and a half ago | (#42657021)

Incorrect. What an Islamic state requires is that non-Muslims simply abide by the laws. This is the same in any modern type of government.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#42657041)

Like any religion, the holy book says exactly what the believer wishes it said. And if it says something different, it's an allegory meaning what the believer wishes it said.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656467)

fail troll is fail.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656557)

Reading the Koran to understand Islam is like reading the Bible to understand Christianity. It doesn't work.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656805)

That is a VERY insightful comment. Wish I had mod points (and had signed in...)

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (5, Insightful)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656815)

Exactly. It's so incredibly facinating to watch some "Christians" rail about Islam and yet fail to see that the exact charge they just made applies to Christianity...and could be applied to all Christians if one were to choose to be ignorant and intolerant about the whole thing.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (1)

Jawnn (445279) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656559)

Please...
The exact same can be said for any so-called Christian who claims that we (the world) should be bound by their book.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656653)

Yeah, except mainstream Christians stopped killing people who disagreed with them hundreds of years ago. Mainstream Islam still does.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (2)

Jawnn (445279) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656681)

Yeah, except mainstream Christians stopped killing people who disagreed with them hundreds of years ago. Mainstream Islam still does.

[citation needed]

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656965)

Fuck you -- There's your citation right there.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656961)

Well generally non Christians are not bound by the Bible. If you don't believe then it's kind of pointless to worry about it.

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (2)

dskoll (99328) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656583)

I find it interesting that all the posts that point out the simple fact that Islam is a dangerous, disgusting religion are modded negative. Are the Islamist astroturfers bringing out the votes? How democratic!

Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (3, Informative)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656611)

There is no such thing as "Moderate" Islam

Sure there is - I live in Canada and have good friends who are Ismali Shia Muslims. Generally, most Ismalis you might meet are well educated doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers. Their women are sexually liberated, educated, respected and aren't wrapped in bedsheets from head to toe. Their leader, the Aga Khan, publicly works for secular pluralism and women's rights.

So what (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656413)

Everyone with any kind of website has to deal with hackers. Why is this one special? Kate couldnt take the heat so she got out of the kitchen. Smart girl.

Re:So what (3, Insightful)

pastafazou (648001) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656503)

No, not everyone has to deal with hackers persistently trying to shut down their website because of the content they're posting.

The US may be able to help (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656423)

Doing Real Original, Newsworthy and Engaging Science.

How fucking retarded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656425)

They apparently see Egyptology sites such as ours as representing a form of political threat.

WTF?!? How?!

Not only are they criminals and scumbags, but they are also morons.

Re:How fucking retarded (1)

slartibartfastatp (613727) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656967)

Well, did you see what Indiana Jones have done to nazism? He had only a whip and a .38!

You start by acknowledging Islam as a threat (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656435)

We all want to be tolerant and politically correct, but the fact is that there is only one major religion left whose *mainstream* ideology is not only completely intolerant of other religions, but willing to use the violence and the power of the state against any opposing views. There may still be nutball factions in other religions, but only one religion still has the nutballs in the mainstream and ready to kill and oppress for their religion.

Why was this post modded down? (0)

walterbyrd (182728) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656661)

Everything in the parent is 100% true.

Re:Why was this post modded down? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656771)

Almost 50% of the American public believe the Bible over science. That is why. In fact science is being slowly removed from the public school system and replaced with religion.

We could start by ending the double standard. . . (5, Insightful)

JSBiff (87824) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656443)

Perhaps it would send a clearer message if we stopped celebrating some groups for hacking and DOS's websites of people, governments or companies we don't like?

After all, if it's ok for Anonymous to harass websites who don't conform to "our" cultural preferences, then I suppose it's ok for anyone to harass any website they don't agree with. . .

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (4, Insightful)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656493)

To be fair, Anonymous typically only targets groups that fuck with them or people they don't think should be fucked with. From what I see here, Kate wasn't messing with anyone, she was just posting a journal.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656531)

You are clueless. Your argument boils down to "we only mess with people we think it is justifiable to go after". The islamists make the same exact argument.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656649)

Apparently you can't understand the fine line that differentiates the context.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (3, Insightful)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656721)

I'm sorry, but you are the one who is clueless. I stated that Anonymous typically only targets groups who are actively messing with other people . If you can't understand why that's different than an Islamist group targeting someone for just being someone they don't like, then you are a moron.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656761)

"Fuck with" must mean anyone who disagrees with anonymous. There are plenty of examples of this that anyone without their head implanted in their butt cheeks can read. Yes, you are clueless.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (4, Informative)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656991)

1) What you say is not true. Anonymous targets folks they disagree with.
2) One can define "actively messing with other people" however they want. A jihadist would use the exact same term to describe what they do.
2) Even if what you said were entirely true, what you are describing is "vigilantism". In the movies this is great. In the real world you end up with a might makes right society. You and the jihadist are in complete agreement that this is acceptable.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (1)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656915)

so does the US government with drone strikes?

are we talking about one hacking attempt, done one place?

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656541)

Yeah but she was doing it with a vagina, in public, without her husband or father's permission.

Looks like spring has turned to winter for all you Arab Spring cheerleaders.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656631)

woosh!

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (-1, Flamebait)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656895)

in the warped mind of fascists, abrahamic religious fundies(be it christian, islam, or jew), and other violent reactionaries, having a diffrent point of view is considered fucking with someone, as are various, fairly normal activities, varying by brand.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (4, Insightful)

squiggleslash (241428) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656497)

I'm pretty sure that actually Anonymous's actions shutting down websites have been seen to be illegal, and widely condemned (if also widely praised by an entirely different set of people) when they've happened.

Of more concern to me is the precedent any politician shows by attempting to shut down the dispersal of scientific information (or forced dispersal of anti-science propaganda) on religious grounds. That happens in too many countries, and unfortunately the West doesn't seem to be short of such zealots, even if certain areas of the world seem to have slightly more dangerous variants.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (3, Insightful)

JSBiff (87824) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656519)

Yes, that's true that many people condemn Anonymous for shutting down websites, but my point is, there's enough people that hold them up as some sort of 'heroes', that as a society, we send a bit of a mixed message about what's appropriate, even if it *is* illegal.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42657009)

Do you think that an illegal action can never be appropriate? I certainly don't see Anonymous as a monolithic group and approve some of their operations (like attacks against Visa during the wikileaks scandal) and would have even approved them if they used even more illegal means. I approved of Telecomix breaking the Syrian laws by helping people create anonymous connections. I approve Tor that helps circumvent some Chinese censor laws.

We don't approve a group because of its method, but because of its goals. We may withdraw support for too extreme methods, but usually, the method is a mean to an end. The end is what makes you support them or not.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (2)

Yvanhoe (564877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656509)

There is no double standard : very few people support DDOSes as a legitimate way of protesting. However, many protest that it is punished more harshly than, say, vandalism inside a shop you disagree with.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (1)

JSBiff (87824) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656551)

Fair point, about the punishments compared to other crimes. Perhaps you are even right about their actually being no double standard, but it has appeared to me that in the tech community, there is some amount of approval for some of the actions of Anonymous and similar groups.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656917)

Well I don't see where is the problem in supporting a given group A and not supporting another group B with other goals and similar methods. I don't think that DDOS is a mean that automatically makes its user right, no more that I believe that everyone using an AK-47 is automatically in the wrong or in the right.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656603)

They might not support their methods, but certainly their thinking. In fact, I dare say, Anonymous is the most visible and influential group on the web. That in itself is sad, first because of their methods, and second, because more important ones fail to get even half the attention.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656525)

I think an exception can be made when our cultural preferences are that our culture should be able to be shared.

Re:We could start by ending the double standard. . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656669)

And your justification for this assertion is? Is not someone else's right to remain unpestered just as valid as your right to spread your culture?

Eliminate Religion (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656457)

Problem solved.

Pretty Simple (5, Insightful)

pastafazou (648001) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656473)

stop pussy footing around Muslims. Tell them bluntly, they're entitled to their religion, but they're not entitled to force or enforce any of their beliefs and rules on anybody else. Religion is a personal choice. The minute their choice starts to impact others, they need to be warned. If they fail to heed the warning, put them in a cell.

Re:Pretty Simple (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656547)

Muslims are the least of our problems. Did you know the majority of complaints to the FCC are the result of one single Christian group trying to impose their standards of decency on the entire country?

Re:Pretty Simple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656641)

I believe it, since you posted all of those sources and reference material. Go hate religion somewhere else.

Re:Pretty Simple (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656691)

Do you see this group bombing the FCC, or taking hostages at TV stations and executing half of the employees? Do you see them attempting to assassinate actors in Hollywood?

You don't. Move on.

Re:Pretty Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656715)

What's the matter, can't get enough porn on the interwebs? Need it 24x7 between episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants and iCarly?

Re:Pretty Simple (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42657007)

From watching TV I can tell you they've failed miserably. Congratulations.

Re:Pretty Simple (3, Insightful)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656737)

Can we stop pussy footing around Christians too? I'd like to stop them from legislating behavior.

Site has not been shutdown yet... (1)

tangent3 (449222) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656479)

They were in negotiations with the hackers, and the negotiations have stalled, so the hackers have told them they intended to attack the site again.

By posting about it on Slashdot.

How Do We Route Around Damage Like This? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656481)

How do we route around damage like this?

Blacklist fundamentalism.

A bunch of violent scumbags..., have successfully interfered with the scientific effort of the entire human race.

They also need to take themselves much less seriously. Speaking for my one small part "of the entire human race", I can honestly say I have never heard of this project before now.

Typical . . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656483)

This is typical behavior for the Islamic fundamentalist who are predominantly uneducated.

Re:Typical . . . . (4, Insightful)

mc6809e (214243) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656671)

This is typical behavior for the Islamic fundamentalist who are predominantly uneducated.

As opposed to more educated Muslims that have the skill to pilot airplanes into tall buildings.

Technical solution (3, Informative)

Yvanhoe (564877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656491)

Use something like http://ruhoh.com/ [ruhoh.com] for your blog : have all your content in an easy-to-mirror git database. Host a backup in github, have friends with backups.

There is probably a legal solution too, after all, we do complain that this kind of moves are considered like high-level terrorist intrusions. I still find the punishments disproportionate, but they do exist, use the legal process.

Re:Technical solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656607)

There is probably a legal solution too

Yeah, maybe she can appeal to the new Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt for help against the Islamists.

Re:Technical solution (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656821)

The technical solution is like a patch, but the problem is to be solved through the legal or political process. A battle of ideas is ongoing in Egypt. Yes, she should at least complain, and then complain about her ignored complaints.

A strange target? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656537)

Also an unfortunate one since so much work goes into this type of historical research. Let's hope they find a new isp and harden their systems/apps better to mitigate the intrusions better? I dunno. It's almost impossible these days.

This makes me happy... (3, Interesting)

Jawnn (445279) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656543)

Religious fundamentalists = "damage". I like that. Of course I'm sad that such damage exists and must be "routed around", but the whole idea of the "damage" metaphor applied to fundamentalists nut-jobs in the context of an enlightened world is just so deliciously apropos. Mind you, this is not a rant against religion, per se, but it is a forthright statement, blunt and loud, about anti-social fuck-wits who think that their religious beliefs justify their behavior.

Re:This makes me happy... (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656697)

anti-social fuck-wits who think that their religious beliefs justify their behavior

thats the best possible outcome, but more likely it'll turn into our own homegrown teabillies vs the muslims battle.

I wish I could route around the local teabillies as damage...

Muslims want to destroy all non-Muslim artifacts (3, Interesting)

walterbyrd (182728) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656561)

Just as they have already destroyed those Buddhist statues, and many other such artifacts.

They even want to destroy the pyrimids in Egypt.

IMO: Muslims are even more anti-science than Christians.

Re:Muslims want to destroy all non-Muslim artifact (2)

Bieeanda (961632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656719)

Do you have trouble fitting such a wide brush through doorways?

Re:Muslims want to destroy all non-Muslim artifact (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656891)

They probably disassemble it and move it on 18-wheelers.

Re:Muslims want to destroy all non-Muslim artifact (5, Informative)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656835)

Radical Muslims are anti-science, just as are radical Christians.

Islam inherently promotes scientific inquiry.

From an Islamic standpoint, science, the study of nature, is considered to be linked to the concept of Tawhid (the Oneness of God).

This link implies a sacred aspect to the pursuit of scientific knowledge by Muslims, as nature itself is viewed in the Qur'an as a compilation of signs pointing to the Divine.

During the Middle Age the House of Wisdom in Baghdad was a far more advanced center of science than anything in Europe. It's where al-Kwarizmi wrote the al-Kitab al-mukhtasar fi hisab al-jabr wa'l-muqabala. Hint: the word algebra is taken from al-jabr. And al-Kwarizmi became the word algorithm.

The first empiricists and theoretical physicists are regarded to be Muslims.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Al-Haytham [wikipedia.org]

It was only when the sons of Genghis Khan rode into Baghdad that this golden age came to an end.

Ah religion! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656587)

Is there anything you can't ruin?

Get some protection... (1)

djsmiley (752149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656591)

Cloudflare...

celebrate (-1, Flamebait)

AdmV0rl0n (98366) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656595)

Every time an allied trooper kills an Islamist. Celebrate.

Islam needs to be removed from our free society. It has no place at the table. Sooner or later this will be realised. And screw any PC answer - don't bother. Not interested.

Re:celebrate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656727)

And screw any PC answer

You mac zealots are as bad as the islamists.

Re:celebrate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656903)

No PC answer huh? Ok if you'd prefer something that doesn't respect you I guess I can do that..

Here goes: You're a horrid little troll with little grasp on reality or and don't even slightly understand what would actually result in the real world from your utterly moronic suggestion. You share more similarities than differences with your opponents and you are both menaces to the people around you. You either think it's ok to slaughter over a billion people or you think that you can terrorize people into surrender by killing their relatives. You think this even as you believe that you will never surrender to terrorism and would just fight harder should it happen to someone close to you. That makes you a hypocrite of the worst sort.

Whether or not Islam is a positive, negative or reasonable religion is irrelevant. Your idea of "removing" by celebrating death is just going to promote death and I wish we could send you over there to hang out with the people who think like you about all of us.

__
Posted AC - you are obviously irrational, perhaps even dangerous and maybe even technically skilled. I have little doubt you could strike out at people who call you on your irrationality.

Roger Pearse (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656625)

Roger Pearse is a Christian blogger who uses his platform to attack Muslims (or 'Moslems' as he likes to spell it), rights of homosexuals (it's an abominable vice), left-wingers and so on. He may be correct about this incident, but is he really a reliable source?

Sounds like bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656633)

A group of researchers use a blog to report their findings. So their blog gets defaced time and time again for some reason.

And they stop researching because of that? Why didn they... I don't know... host their site elsewhere?

It's as if they said the LHC experiment was abandoned because a faulty lock in the front door to ATLAS made it hard to get to work each morning.

Freedom of the press belongs to those (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656639)

who have the firepower and the testicular fortitude to back it up.

This is why the 2nd Amendment is so important, and why the U.S. shouldn't have dumped all those Liberator pistols into the Pacific Ocean at the end of World War II. Instead, they should have been kept as a threat against tyranny (toe the line or we'll arm your populace by air-dropping these weapons into your country).

Re:Freedom of the press belongs to those (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656759)

Spoken like a true American (i.e. someone who thinks weapons are the answer to everything)

Anyone who thinks Islam is not dangerous... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656701)

...needs to read "The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam" it tells the real truth about Islam not any radical branch or anything like that. It tells it like it is.

Re:Anyone who thinks Islam is not dangerous... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656749)

Yes, and make sure you have a copy of the Quran near by to verify what it is saying. I did and everything it said was correct. I even read the full passages that the text were from to make sure it wasn't taken out of context. Anyone who says that Islam is a peaceful religion knows nothing about Islam!

Do what you are good at (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656703)

Security is hard to do for someone who isn't proficient in it. If she wants a blog that can't be hacked, she should either hire a professional or use one of the thousands of blogging services (that is assuming it was a real hack and not just a DoS, these Egyptologists don't seem to understand the difference between the two).

Of course (1)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656717)

By giving in and shutting down their journal they've just sent a clear message to the hackers that their approach works.

Ah well lets see how long before they start attacking /.

Solve two problems... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656723)

We have two very significant problems facing humanity in the coming decades: food shortages and radical Islam. I recommend solving both problems with a single solution: Muslimburgers.

Re:Solve two problems... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656803)

I recommend solving both problems with a single solution: Muslimburgers.

Not a bad idea, since one of the biggest problems with Soylent Green is that it's not Halal.

Evidence (3, Interesting)

seyyah (986027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656763)

Is there any evidence whatsoever that it was "Islamist Hackers" that shut down the journal? What happened to the "negotiations with the hacker"?

Why was the blog hosted by Blogger shut down? Surely it wasn't being hacked was it?

Something seems out of place...

Why did the West turn from religious extremism? (4, Insightful)

swb (14022) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656847)

At one point in history, Western culture was as religiously zealous as many Islamists are today -- the Inquisition, wars, Salem witch trials, etc.

But at some point the larger culture and its leaders turned away from this kind of mindset. Sure, we still have money & publicity seeking zealots on TV and a few anti-abortion protesters were inclined toward violence, but overall the West hasn't seen the level of religious extremism that grips the Islamic world today.

Even Islamic countries with established governments and no ongoing military conflict have laws that would make the Inquisition leaders blush -- amputations, beheadings, really severe laws against expression which could even remotely be considered blasphemous. And not just in the Middle East, either.

So, despite counter-factual examples in the West and despite the benefits of science, Islamic culture remains highly punitive and opposed to change, yet the West changed when information wasn't as easily available and science wasn't nearly as advanced. Why?

Re:Why did the West turn from religious extremism? (1)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year and a half ago | (#42656945)

The odd thing is, before the West was radically religious, it was the Muslim world which was tolerant and open --- it'd be nice to have that back.

No quarter to Islamists (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42656911)

If I were in charge, I'd find these paki dog keyboard warriors, smash their hands and cut out their tongues. It's all they deserve.

Utter, utter scum. Torture is probably too good for them.

There should be an exemption for considering 'no quarter' a war crime when fighting Islamists. We should do everything in our power to capture, torture and kill these dogs. They are a threat to humanity and must be mercilessly wiped out.

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