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Al Jazeera's web site - DDoSed or unplugged?

Al Jazeera's web site - DDoSed or unplugged?

By John Lettice

Posted: 27/03/2003 at 16:17 GMT

The launch of Arab satellite TV network Al Jazeera's new Web site on Monday drew immediate hack attacks, but this has been swiftly followed up by the disappearance of the site's DNS records. These now point to nameservers, but this company's site is also currently inaccessible; as you might expect, under the circumstances.

Al Jazeera (, for the record) could have been taken offline by DDoS attacks, but considering the timing one is also drawn to the possibility that something involving a Big Red Switch might have been involved.