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Pro-Palestinian Hackers Deface Google

Instruct visitors that it's 'not called Israel, it's called Palestine,' and to 'listen to Rihanna and be cool'

By: Graham Sigurdson
Published: August 27th, 2013 in Business » World
The defaced Google homepage

The Google homepage is one of the more recognizable images of the internet age. The multicoloured letters, the search bar, and the occasional ‘Google Doodle,’ is seen daily by millions.

A few pro-Palestinian hackers, however, saw to change that.

On Monday, hackers rerouted traffic from google.ps - Palestinian’s Google homepage - to their hacked version. The information released so far seems to indicate that it was not Google’s own servers that were hacked, but simply that Google’s Palestinian domain was hijacked and rerouted to a different server.

How the hackers went about doing this is unknown, (it's called hacking for a reason) but it is suspected that Google’s top-level domain provider was compromised, which allowed for them to reroute the domain to their defaced page.

The page reads (spelling and grammatical errors included): "uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine." The maps page reads: "# Question:what would happen if we changed the county title of Isreal to Palestine in google maps!!! it would be revolution !!! So listen to rihanna and be cool :P"

Well, at least they didn't recommend we listen to Miley Cyrus.

Google launched the Palestine domain in 2009, and was met with controversy earlier this year when it changed the header to "Palestine" after formerly being "Palestinian Territories." The change was made after the United Nations granted Palestine the status of "non-member observer state."

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