By PETER SVENSSON The Associated Press Tuesday, March 25, 2003; 12:30 PM
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
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 comment.
In denial-of-service attacks, hackers normally send a deluge of
false requests to Web servers, overloading them and making them
unavailable to surfers.