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[] BS 25.03.03: Al-Jazeera site under hacking attack, host says,

Al-Jazeera site under hacking attack, host says
The English-language page went live Monday; Data packets, known as a 
denial-of-service attacks, said to have struck hard

By Peter Svensson
The Associated Press

March 25, 2003, 12:34 PM EST

NEW YORK -- Hackers attacked the Web site of Arab satellite television 
network Al-Jazeera on Tuesday, rendering it intermittently unavailable, the 
site's host said.

The newly launched English-language page, which went live Monday, was 
hardest hit in a bombardment of data packets known as a denial-of-service 

Ayman Arrashid, Internet system administrator at the Horizons Media and 
Information Services, the site's Web host, said the attack began Tuesday 
morning local time.

The Web host is based in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The servers that 
host the Al-Jazeera site are in France and the United States. Only the U.S. 
servers were under attack, said Arrashid, so the attackers were likely in 
the United States.

He said technicians were working to thwart the attack, but could not 
estimate when the site would be fully available again.

Al-Jazeera, also based in Qatar, is an unusually independent and powerful 
voice in the Arab world whose broadcasts of U.S. prisoners and war dead has 
angered many Americans. The English site carries at least one picture of a 
dead U.S. soldier.

Representatives of the broadcaster could not immediately be reached for 

In denial-of-service attacks, hackers normally send a deluge of false 
requests to Web servers, overloading them and making them unavailable to 

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