CAIRO (AP) — The official website of the Al-Jazeera TV satellite channel was attacked Tuesday by hackers backing the Syrian regime.
Hackers replaced the home page of Al-Jazeera’s Arabic site with a statement that says the cyberattack was a protest against its coverage of the Syria civil war.
“This is in response to your position against Syria (people and government) and for special support of the militant terrorism,” read a statement posted in Arabic, underneath a red stamp reading “hack” in English. In the background was a scene from Al-Jazeera’s English website.
Al-Jazeera’s TV broadcasts in Arabic and English were not affected.
In a statement, the channel said that some of its external servers were compromised. While the company resolved the disruptions, it said, “some users may continue to experience issues for a while longer.”
The Qatar-based channel has extensively covered the 17-month-long Syrian conflict. Al-Jazeera has been an influential factor in covering “Arab Spring” uprisings across the region.
Qatar is a harsh critic of the Syrian regime and a leading backer of the rebels.