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Turkish hacker shuts down French magazine website for Islamic prophet cartoon

 A police officer stands in front of the headquarters of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, that "invited" the Prophet Muhammad as a guest edit...

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A police officer stands in front of the headquarters of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, that "invited" the Prophet Muhammad as a guest edit...

(AFP) A Turkish hacker has claimed credit for bringing down the website of a French satirical weekly that published an issue named “Charia Hebdo,” with a caricature of the Islamic prophet Muhammad on the cover. But in an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche, the hacker also said he was against violence and did not support those who are suspected of having firebombed the weekly’s offices. The Paris offices of the weekly, Charlie Hebdo, were destroyed in a firebomb attack last Wednesday after it published a special Arab Spring edition with Mohammed on the cover as “guest editor” saying: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!” The Charlie Hebdo’s website was also taken down in a cyber-attack claimed by Turkish hackers’ group Akincilar. “We did not do anything wrong, it’s not like we siphoned off bank accounts. This was a protest against an insult to our values and beliefs,” the hacker, who identified himself as Ekber, told the newspaper in Istanbul. The 20-year-old, who uses the hacker name Black Apple, said he had launched the attack after reports broke online of the weekly’s plans. He said it took six hours of work by a team of hackers to take down into the site. However, when asked whether he supported the firebombing, Ekber said: “Of course not. We do not support violence. Islam is a religion of peace.” The group has previously targeted the site of a Turkish satirical magazine, The Penguin, after it questioned Islamic faith in a cartoon.

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Updated : 2021-07-28 21:32 GMT+08:00