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THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ: HEAT CONTROL; JOINT RAIDS; CYBER
ATTACK

Hackers post an antiwar message on U.N. website

August 14, 2007|From the Associated Press

united nations -- Computer hackers posted an antiwar message on the U.N.'s official website, stating that U.S. and Israeli policies in the Middle East were taking innocent lives, the United Nations said.

The first attack on a U.N. web page reserved for statements from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took place Sunday morning, U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Monday.

The website of the U.N. Department of Public Information was then attacked, as was the U.N. Cyberschoolbus site for teachers and students and the U.N. Economic and Social Council's site.

"We are very concerned that this happened," Montas said. "It lasted a few minutes, but we managed to get them off and change that. We also had to change our archives and rebuild the whole site."

The hackers left a message criticizing U.S. and Israeli policy in the Middle East and saying, "Peace for ever No war."

The break-in is under investigation, and the Department of Public Information and the Information Technology Security Division are working to prevent future cyber attacks, Montas said.

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