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Sophos said:
Google's domain serving the Palestinian territories, Google Palestine, was hijacked on Monday by hackers urging Google to rename Israel to Palestine in Google Maps (and the rest of us to listen to Rihanna).

It seems that the DNS entries for (the records that associate a user-friendly name like with a computer-friendly IP address like were somehow altered so that users were directed to a server in Morocco instead of the servers hosting Google's services.

Visitors directed to the interloping server were shown a web page with the familiar Google logo and a screen shot of Google Maps alongside a missive from the triumphant hijackers.

The perpetrators identified themselves only as Cold z3ro, Haml3t, Sas and Dr@g but their page featured a link to the Palestine Anger Network's website (a website notable if nothing else for its proud use of the <marquee> tag - a bit of code so rare and inelegant that it could be considered the Kakapo of the HTML world).

By Tuesday the offending page had gone and normal service had been restored.

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