Feeds

Cyberterror! Project Gutenberg URL swiped for Saddam

Bound to be a clear breach of security council resolution...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

A small hijacking will likely gladden the hearts of would-be cyberwarriors in the Pentagon. This morning, for reasons that are not entirely obvious, projectgutenberg.org seems to be pointing to the front page of the web site of the Mission of Iraq to the United Nations. Skulduggery by the Iraqi secret services, or fiendish cyberterrorists?

None of the above, we'd guess. It appears that projectgutenberg.org is supposed to be hosted by Maryland public information network Sailor, on whose front page you will currently see a duff link. Google cache attests to what it ought to look like, and you can actually get a front door to Project Gutenberg here.

The projectgutenberg.org url is owned by Outspan Web Services, whose domain, outspan.com, seems itself not to be entirely with us at the moment, while the lucky recipient of the redirect, http://iraqi-mission.org, really does seem to be owned by the Iraqi Mission to the UN.

As foaming propaganda goes, the Mission's site is pretty tame stuff, although it has links to news sources that do seem to be a tad less hinged (sample). The Mission itself records various Iraqi responses in the current contretemps, and includes mind-numbingly detailed reports of the inspectors' tours of the country. We hesitate to say so, but it's almost worthy, a journal of record, of sorts.

So we'd reckon the cyberterrorist responsible is just some techie with a misdirected desire to get the other side of the story out, and a slightly eccentric view of the kinds of urls you'd mess with in order to do so. We hear USA Today is easy, techie, don't you think that would work better? But if your activities end up triggering World CyberWar One, don't blame us. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.