Zarqawi Website Hacked Again

UPDATE 9:49 AM EDT: Website back up!! That didn't take long.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's website has been hacked again and My Pet Jawa may be partially to blame. I broke the original story that Zarqawi's original site was hacked by 'TeAmZ USA' on Aug. 22. Later, the website was restored to service before the webhost, a company operating out of Houston, took the website down permanently. However, Zarqawi's group kept a backup site on the same server which eventually became the group's main propaganda arm. That site, until this morning, was used to distribute beheading videos, recruitment messages, issue fatwas and other propaganda. Recently, the site has been used to distribute a taped message by British hostage Kenneth Bigley pleading for his life.

Today, Chad Evans of In the Bullpen discovered that Zarqawi's website had been hacked again by the same group who had taken the site down in August. An image of the message left by TeAmZ USA at Zarqawi's website can be found here, at Chad's original post, or in the extended entry below.

In my two earlier reports (here and here) on Zarqawi's website, My Pet Jawa offered to give out the URL for the Tawid and Jihad website to any entrepreneurial hacker who could take it down. In response to those posts, hundreds of anonymous e-mails were recieved asking for Zarqawi's web address. Some of the anonymous e-mailers claimed to want the address "for research purposes", some for their own benefit, and others simply put a "wink, wink" as their reason. For the most part, I responded by giving my readers Zarqawi's website URL.

Recently, though, I discontinued the practice of giving out his URL. My decision was based on two factors. First, the volume of requests. I could no longer respond to individual e-mails requesting Zarqawi's website address. Second, and more important, I received an e-mail message from a reader who was outraged by what he saw on the Zarqawi website. In fact, he was so outraged that he decided to give the webhost a call and complain.

Eventually, the company responded and said that they were aware of Zarqawi's website on their host and had had numerous complaints. But they reassured my reader with this cryptic message, that "people at the highest level had asked them to keep the website up." I, and my reader, took that to mean that intelligence services were using the website to track down Zarqawi's physical location, something a number of commenters and fellow bloggers (see trackbacks to my original post) warned me of.

In related news, a number of suspected Zarqawi hideouts have been bombed in the last few days, including one this morning. Pure speculation, but could Zarqawi be dead and that is the reason the site is down--no longer needed? The last time TeAmZ USA hacked Zarqawi's website it was back up within a few days. I suspect that if the site comes back online then that would be evidence that the intelligence community does not believe they got Zarqawi. If it stays off, that might be a sign that Zarqawi is dead. Zarqawi's death would be very good news. Unlike al Qaeda, which the Tawid and Jihad terrorist organization has links to, Zarqawi's group is run from the top. In fact, it is likely that Zarqawi personally beheaded Eugene Armstrong, Jack Hensley, and Nick Berg. Keep fingers crossed.

UPDATE: Since the website it back up, I take it that Zarqawi is still alive. Sad, sad news.

Also on the trail: Chad Evans of In the Bullpen, who broke the story; J-Dog Quinton the Backcountry Conservative Pimp; Mack Daddy Digger of Digger's Realm

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Posted by: Rusty at 08:41 AM

Comments

1 I also have a link that is still working for that site, cannot understand most of it but theres some shifty looking photos in there of men
www.qudsway.com

Posted by: Dee at September 28, 2004 09:15 AM

2 Just 'cause the website is back up don't mean he's alive. Just about any 15 year old can do websites nowadays.

Here's to hoping...

Posted by: Gordon at September 28, 2004 09:20 AM

3 Photos of men?? What do you mean Dee?? Can we all see the link you have??

Posted by: Chris at September 28, 2004 09:41 AM

4 If I'm not mistaken, the site Dee drops is a militant Palitinian site. Could be wrong since I don't speak Arabic.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at September 28, 2004 09:45 AM

5 Give the site to our real Homeland Security, Rusty.
Cindy

Posted by: firstbrokenangel at September 28, 2004 09:48 AM

6 Good! I hope that Zarqawi fucker's dead. Who cares? I don't. Unless it would mean that no innocent lives will be lost by beheadings, that is.

Posted by: Laura at September 28, 2004 06:40 PM

7 Not everyone can do websites; I certainly can't but I still think that everytime you find a website that has anything to do with any terrorist group, Rusty, you should report it to the Feds, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Then let then do their thing from there. At least report it.
~C

Posted by: firstbrokenangel at September 28, 2004 09:34 PM

8 Their website: http://hostinganime.com/teamusa/ now has these lines:
_____________

Hi Everybody!!! TeaMz UsA
El irc.phey.net
XShoutz outZ 2 D ladIez!!!

42-55-53-48 53-55-43-4B-53
_____________

The numbers at the bottom are HEX which spell in ASCII an anti-Republican slogan (I was hoping these guys would be on ‘our’ side).

".... Eventually, the company responded and said that they were aware of Zarqawi’s website on their host and had had numerous complaints. But they reassured my reader with this cryptic message, that “people at the highest level had asked them to keep the website up.”

So, why hasn’t Zarqawi been tracked? ( Do a Google on “ISPs carry terrorist websites” and press the ‘I’m feeling Lucky’ button’)

Posted by: JohnathanRGalt at September 28, 2004 11:05 PM

9 you clever boys
good work

theres a few sites in my time i wish i could hack ill tell you

Posted by: Dee at September 29, 2004 06:59 AM

10 I don't believe that because if it were true, they certainly would not tell us. Everyone can read what's there. Report it.
Cindy

Posted by: firstbrokenangel at September 29, 2004 08:14 AM

11 There is strong reason to believe that the site that was hacked -- and others like them -- are related to on-going Gov't investigations.

More information will be coming out this weekend.
I am very confident that MyPetJawa will have full information just as soon as it comes out... more information about the host for this site is availible at http://www.cardens.net/archives/2004/09/internet_war_on_1.html

Posted by: Matt at September 29, 2004 04:51 PM






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