Hackers deface Libyan domain registry

Anti-Gaddafi rebels attack country’s top level web domain name registry

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Hackers deface Libyan domain registry A screen grab of Libya's nic.ly website today
By  Daniel Shane Published  August 22, 2011

Amid heavy fighting in Tripoli, hackers opposing Colonel Gaddafi's rule in Libya have defaced the country's main domain name registry.

The North African nation's registry nic.ly this afternoon was displaying an image of the rebel National Transitional Council's tri-colour flag with the messages "HACKED By Electr0n" and "bye bye Qaddafi".

The NIC is responsible for administering all of Libya's internet domain names.

Libya has been rocked by unrest since February 2011, when rebels operating out of second city Benghazi began resisting Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule in the oil rich Arab state. As of August 22, forces loyal to the National Transitional Council had entered the capital Tripoli and were closing in on Gaddafi.

Online activism has been apparent elsewhere throughout the course of the so-called ‘Arab Spring'. In Syria, another country crippled by recent political turmoil, hackers temporarily defaced the Ministry of Defence's website.

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