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30 April 2010

Denmark's KFC website targeted by Islamist hackers

article-0-095ECFEB000005DC-984_468x553.jpgDenmark's KFC website has been targeted by Islamist hackers.

The hackers decided to gain access to the fast food site and post an educational video about their religion on the page.

They also left instructions to the Danish government to introduce a new law to punish people who publicly insult religion.

The hackers implied in their demands that if the law is not introduced, the hacking of Danish websites will continue.

The hackers left a slightly cryptic message on the site, which read: 'If your Gov. don't make rules for Punishing anyone Insult Religions in the name of (Freedom of Speech ! ) or ( Freedom to Insult ) :)

'So, take this rule of Hacking ! in the name of

'[ Hacking is a Knowledge and the Knowledge is Free ! ] It means [ Hacking Anyone I want !!!!]

'If your People can behave and Learn how to Respect , act rationally and stop to Insult Other Religions

'under the name of ( Freedom to Insult ) or ( Freedom of Speech )

'Then the Rule of Hacking will be stopped

'Finally , I would like to remind also with the decree which the Human Rights Agency in the United Nations adopted on the 12th of April 2005. This decree insisted on the ban of distortions and vicious attack against religions and especially Islam; which had been strongly attacked in the last few years !

'Don't worry .. No files deleted .. Just my Index* has been added to your lame bOx ;)

'Greets Go To: All My Friends in MSN :)'

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Information: The video gave a brief rundown of the Islamic beliefs, while the instructions told the government to introduce a law to prevent people insulting religion

While it is not clear why the KFC site in particular was chosen, some have speculated it is because of the lack of security on the webpage.

But it is clear why Denmark was targeted - following a controversial cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban being printed in a Danish newspaper.

The drawing was one of 12 caricatures that sparked angry protests in Muslim countries in 2005 after they were published by a newspaper.

Politiken and other Danish newspapers then reprinted the cartoon in 2008 after police revealed a plot to kill the cartoonist behind the drawing.

Eleven Danish newspapers were contacted by a Saudi lawyer Faisal Yamani, who represents eight Muslim groups in the Middle East and Australia, last year.

Yamani demanded that the cartoons were removed from their websites, that the newspapers print an apology and they agree not to use them again.

The Politiken Daily have now issued an apology, with editor in chief Toeger Seidenfaden saying: 'We have the right to print Kurt Westergaard's drawings, we have the right to print the original 12 drawings, we have the right to print all the caricatures in the world.

'We apologise for the offense which the reprint has caused. That is what we apologise for.'

Kurt Westergaard, one of the cartoonists whose home was the target of an attempted attack earlier this year, said he believed the apology was prompted by fear.

'I fear this is a setback for the freedom of speech,' Westergaard told AP.

'In Denmark we play by a set of rules, which we don't deviate from, and that's freedom of speech.'




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