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May 25, 2012

U.S. hacks, alters al-Qaida Web sites

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. government replaced ads that boasted killing of Americans on al-Qaida web sites. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

TAMPA, Fla. (UPI) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. government hacked Web sites run by a Yemen al-Qaida affiliate and replaced ads boasting of killing Americans.

Clinton said State Department specialists had replaced the posts aimed at attracting new al-Qaida recruits with ones emphasizing deaths of Muslim civilians in al-Qaida terror attacks, ABC News reported.

The specialists targeted sites run by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in which ads sought to attract new members by "bragging about killing Americans," Clinton said at a Special Operations Command dinner in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday night.

"Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions of the ads that showed the toll al-Qaida attacks have taken on the Yemeni people," Clinton said. "We can tell our efforts are starting to have an impact because extremists are publicly venting their frustration and asking supporters not to believe everything they read on the Internet."

Clinton said the "digital outreach team" specialists, fluent in Urdu, Arabic and Somali languages, are "already patrolling the Web and using social media and other tools to expose al-Qaida's contradictions and abuses, including its continuing brutal attacks on Muslim civilians."

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Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no data backup. How do you get taller? you have any methods to stop hackers?

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