Afghan cyber war heats up with Taliban site hack

Unidentified hackers crippled the Taliban's main website twice last week, replacing its usual victorious rhetoric with images of executions and also support for the Afghan government and security forces in English, Arabic and Pashto, reports Reuters.

A Taliban spokesman told Reuters that the website was hacked "by enemies and foreign intelligence services" April 26 and again the following day. A NATO spokesman declined to comment on the assertion.

A previous cyberattack on the Taliban's El Emara website occurred June 20, 2011, when false messages were distributed about the death of the Taliban's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, the story said.

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