Usually every 9-11, the feisty folks from Al Qaeda come out of their caves and release a video theatening death to America, Mickey Mouse, Shiites in Iran, or anyone else they think is not their type of Muslim.

This year, however, nothing. The tape was late…an old tape was released a few days before the 911 anniversary, with old references and a rant against Iran, but no new tape. Was it because AmericanTaliban Adam Gadan was reported killed a few months ago? Or was it something more?

Then a reporter at the Hindustani Times (webcapture site here)

As-Sahab, Al Qaeda’s media unit, had indicated earlier this week that it would post such a videotape on September 11. As-Sahab had banner images on the internet showing a silhouetted head with a question mark and the words, “Wait 11 September”….

Sources close to US intelligence said, “Hackers knocked out Al Qaeda’s online means of communication, thus preventing them from posting anything to commemorate the anniversary. ”

jawas say no

Western intelligence suspects two hackers who have targeted Islamicist sites before were responsible: Aaron Weisburd from Internet Haganah and Rusty Shackleford from the web group My Pet Jawa.

The Jawas, however, deny any invovlement in the hack.

Nope, no cyberjihad here, folks, just move along.

So who took the sites off line?

We may never know.

StrategyPage merely comments:

there’s the growing war by anti-terrorist hackers (individuals and groups) to shut down pro-terrorist web sites. Sometimes these vigilantes are exceedingly effective, and lately they may have shut down all of the few sites used as distribution points for important new videos.

Presumably the computer sites will start discussing the story in the near future and figure out who did it.

However, since awhile back I reported on Catholic webpages and other bloggers having their sites hacked by Islamic hackers (from Turkey), I figure that this hack is just payback.

This is just one small hack in a larger cyberwar going on…and it’s not only the west vs Jihadis, it includes Chinese and Russian hackers trying to find out computer codes so that in case of war they can shut down civilian and military computers.

And then, there are hackers just trying to have fun.

One of the latter type groups almost took out the Hadron Collider project last week (the big Collider that some feared would end the earth with it’s tiny big bang experiment that aimed to find the “god particle”). The “good” news is that the hackers were just trying to prove they could do it (and highlighting security weaknesses of the computer system). Theoretically if the hackers wanted to damage the computers, they could have done it.

And no, I didn’t do it: I am almost as computer illiterate as John McCain.

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thanks for the headsup from Instapundit.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Makaipablog

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