Pro-Palestinian hackers hit Google’s Palestine Web page
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Pro-Palestinian hackers, who called for renaming Israel as Palestine on Google Maps, hacked the Google Palestine Web page.
The hackers diverted traffic Aug. 26 from google.ps and redirected users to a hacked version of Google’s home page.
“uncle google we say hi from Palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. Its called Palestine,” the hacked page read.
The hackers also said on the page that changing Israel on Google Maps to Palestine would be “revolution.”
“For a short period, some users visiting google.ps were redirected to a different website,” Google said in a statement. “Google services for the google.ps domain were not hacked. We’ve been in contact with the organization responsible for managing this domain name and the issue should be resolved.”
The google.ps domain reportedly was down for several hours on Aug. 27.
Google changed its regional search page from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine” in May, six months after the United Nations granted “Palestine” the status of nonmember observer state.
The change angered Israeli officials, who said the designation prejudged the outcome of the then-stalled peace talks. — jta
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