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This article was published on August 26, 2013


Google Palestine site defaced to display political message

Google Palestine site defaced to display political message Image by: JOHN MACDOUGALL
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Google’s localized Palestine site has been defaced by hackers. The Hackteach group is taking credit for the breach.

A message posted to the site reads:

uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine

google-palestine

Earlier this year, Google updated its Palestinian search engine to display “Palestine” instead of “Palestinian Territories”. The company made the changes to fall in line with a UN change of status that re-classified Palestine as a non-member observer instead of an entity.

Update: A Google spokesperson provided the following statement to The Next Web:

Some users visiting google.ps have been getting redirected to a different website; Google services for the google.ps domain were not hacked. We’re in contact with the organization responsible for managing this domain name so we can help resolve the problem.

➤ Google Palestine

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