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By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
September 13, 2008
Hackers prevented Al Qaeda from releasing a videotape to mark the
seventh anniversary of 9/11. Al Qaeda has traditionally issued a video
or audiotape by either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al Zawahiri, the terror
network=E2=80=99s two leaders, to mark their massive terrorist attack on the US.
As-Sahab, Al Qaeda=E2=80=99s media unit, had indicated earlier this week that it
would post such a videotape on September 11. As-Sahab had banner images
on the internet showing a silhouetted head with a question mark and the
words, =E2=80=9CWait 11 September=E2=80=9D.
The US-based intelligence group IntelCenter had speculated the video
would be a message from Osama or Zawahiri with a recording of the last
will and testament of Mohammed Atta, one of the leaders of the 9/11
Sources close to US intelligence said, =E2=80=9CHackers knocked out Al Qaeda=E2=80=99s
online means of communication, thus preventing them from posting
anything to commemorate the anniversary.=E2=80=9D
Western intelligence suspects two hackers who have targeted Islamicist
sites before were responsible: Aaron Weisburd from Internet Haganah and
Rusty Shackleford from the web group My Pet Jawa.
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