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Danish, Western Websites Under Attack

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the daily-show-is-real-news-now dept.

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caese writes "The BBC is reporting that almost 900 Danish websites have been defaced by crackers angry about the recent controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. From the article: 'What is extraordinary for this Danish case is the speed in which the community united'. Another 1600 or so Western websites have been defaced by the same group. The defacements have ranged from condemnation of the cartoons to outright calls for violence."

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1467 comments

Cartoons (4, Insightful)

Janitha (817744) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677519)

If they start defacing websites for just a cartoon, imagine what they will do if it was a offending movie/act: take whole servers and backbones down? Oh the horror.


Serious note: Lets take a look at this situation.

Attack: Cartoon
Defense: Death threats, burn down buildings, deface websites, protests, and the list goes on.

Conclusion: Overkill?


Re:Cartoons (5, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677550)

There is no overkill in a jihad. Only kill.

Re:Cartoons (1)

twilightzero (244291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677562)

Dirka dirk Allah jihad!!

Dirka dirka dirk dirk dirka JIHAD!!!

Re:Cartoons (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677604)

> Conclusion: Overkill?

Christains hate "The Life of Brian" ...and the Jerry Springer Musical because it shows Jesus as a nappy wearing gay-bow.

The world has gone mad. Perhaps religion is the problem.

Re:Cartoons (5, Insightful)

Crizp (216129) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677719)

Yeah, but they don't burn down buildings and kill people and promise 5 Kg in gold for killing people related to the blasphemy.

Re:Cartoons (1)

ThePlissken (824615) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677733)

"The world has gone mad. Perhaps religion is the problem." Religion is not the problem at all. Religion is simply used as an excuse for violence. Religion has never been the true motivation for violence in history. Rather, people have used religion to help justify violence.

Re:Cartoons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677607)

Attack: Make daddy look bad
Defense: Outrageous claims of WMD, attempted assasinations, invasion & removal of government, beatings of former president

Conclusion: Overkill?

Re:Cartoons (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677769)

Problem: 100,000+ Kurds, 130,000+ Shi'ites, countless others.
Solution: Nerve gas, tanks, RPGs, torure, rape, and God knows what else.

Conclusion: Overkill?^W Psychotic murderer who really should've been deposed?

It's Middle-Age mentalities with Cold War-era weaponry.

Let's see here... (5, Insightful)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677614)

Cartoon is published that accuses my religion of supporting terrorism and violence.

I protest that characterization by calling for or comitting acts of terrorism and violence, both in the real world, and on the internet.

Nope, no hypocrisy here!

compare.. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677681)

..that to the way Hindus reacted when pictures of Hindu Gods were depicted on toilet seats (in UK), on footwear and on bikini wear! They had silent (non-violent) protests. Cowards? no, matured!

No higher-order reasoning (4, Insightful)

beldraen (94534) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677807)

The issue about Islamic fundamentalism (and fundamentalism in general) is that it promotes simple responses to simple stimuli. Hypocrisy is simply beyond most of these people to comprehend. Worse, fundamentalists actively seek to ignore higher-level representations. Intelligent Design is about the appearance of adopting scientific thought while actively attempting to shut it down. Islamic militants consistently praise Islam as a religion of peace while threatening others, often taking out their wrath on people who do not have anything to do with the situation. Why? No higher-order reasoning.

Re:Cartoons (2)

rob_squared (821479) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677627)

And the moral of the story is: zealotry, of any variety = bad.

Beware those who are devoid of tolerance.

All I Can Say Is... (4, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677631)

...it's a good thing it's not fundamentalist Christians doing the rioting.

That would be indefensible by the media.

Hey, come to think of it, there really isn't a lot of that rioting and setting-things-ablaze-for-days thing at all here in The West. Why d'you suppose that is?

g'head, g'head, discuss this amongst yourselves...

Re:All I Can Say Is... (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677741)

Hey, come to think of it, there really isn't a lot of that rioting and setting-things-ablaze-for-days thing at all here in The West. Why d'you suppose that is?

Well, don't forget the riots last summer in Paris, that had cars blazing for what, almost two weeks straight?

Re:All I Can Say Is... (2, Interesting)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677781)

Yep, and who was it being done by? Muslims and criminal groups linked with Islamic Terrorist organizations. Are we sensing a trend yet?

Re:Cartoons (5, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677654)

Attack: Cartoon
Defense: Death threats, burn down buildings, deface websites, protests, and the list goes on.


If those defenses worked, Cathy would have been off the comic pages years ago.

Re:Cartoons (2)

daveruiz (795156) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677662)

I'll agree to that.

It's just a cartoon, why are pople getting all up in arms about it. People have made their fair share of jokes at every religions expense, come on now, lets get a sense of humour.

Also, correct me if i'm wrong, but they are angry cause they cartoons are depicting Muhammad as a terrorist among one of the cartoons correct? And they don't much appreciate this right? Well, I dont want to sound like a dick hole, but if your first thought is to shout death threats at people, then you are going to get labelled as a terrorist.

Just as a side note so i don't get called a racist or get some death threat passed on me, I don't support any religion. In fact, I could care less about religion since it produces a lot of radicals.

You mean this justifies the cartoons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677671)

Does this justifies the cartoons? Why not trying being more considerate about other's feelings.

Now don't tell me that we dont know that religion has always been a volatile issue. Almost everytime the communal riots have happened, it has started with someone's "casual" remarks (like irresponsible humour).

Re:Cartoons (3, Insightful)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677688)

Well, using that same logic, this example [cnn.com] would justify a US-led retaliation, right?

Seriously, there is a disturbing lack of perspective and proportionality amongst these savages. Yes, savages, because that is exactly what the extreme nutjobs (those making the death threats [smh.com.au] ) are - xenophobic troglodytes who can't tolerate any conduct by others that violates their strict code.

Re:Cartoons (1)

patrickclay (898576) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677720)

Can you imagine the uproar if the roles were reversed and it was a caricature of Christ depicted in the newspapers?

Most Americans wouldn't be too pleased.

Perhaps American citizens wouldn't resort to blowing up buildings, but that's what the US government is for!!

if it were a movie? (5, Interesting)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677767)

If it were about a movie, they'd track down the director, shoot him eight times, slit his throat, and stab him in the chest, leaving two knives in his chest, one of which pins down a five-page note threatening Western governments in general [wikipedia.org] ... but that's just judging from past performances, and we all know how well those indicate future results.

You know, the usual.

Re:Cartoons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677779)

Conclusion: Overkill?

No, the conclusion is that Islam is incompatible with freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.

If you believe in these things (as the civilized world does) the sooner you arrest and deport these Muslim kooks the better.

Re:Cartoons (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677801)

I don't get it. To me, the Jihadists blowing up innocents and decapitating women and the aged on video in the name of Mohammed have besmirched His name much more than a stupid cartoon. At least hacking websites is better than burning embassies, right?

whats wrong with these people? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677531)

Why can't they deface web pages out of boredom and bloody mindedness like normal people.

Here we go again... (3, Insightful)

twilightzero (244291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677533)

I wonder how long it'll be we're just all at war...seems to be what they want.

I mean seriously, if a supermarket had a sale on steak and put up cartoons of Vishnu, you wouldn't see Hindus violently protesting. Neither if they had a sale on pork and put cartoons in the window of YHWH.

People need to take a serious chill pill...

Re:Here we go again... (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677590)

Problem: YHVH is invisible. You can't make a cartoon of something invisible. Try Moshe.

Re:Here we go again... (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677592)

It just means Islam is rife with more extremists then Hinduism is. It doesn't mean one religion is better then the other. Any religion can be twisted into anything someone wants. Just look at Christianity's history/present.

Re:Here we go again... (2, Funny)

carlvlad (942493) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677645)

may i recommend that FSM followers attack Italy?

Re:Here we go again... (4, Insightful)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677684)

You just made a comparison, saying that Hindus or Jews would not be reacting violently in a similar situation.

But then you seem to restrain yourself from saying outright, that Muslims are freaking savages. Even though you did mention that "war seems to be what they want". I guess you were about to say what was on your mind, but political correctness and liberal virtues so cherished on Slashdot made you refrain.

Well, I'll say it for you. Too many Muslims are freaking savages. Yeah I'm sure there are peaceful and civilized ones out there, but if you look at the ratio of peaceful citizens to raving nuts and compare it to that of Christian nations or Buddhist nations or Shinto nations or whatever, you can't help but come to the conclusion that Muslim, as it exists in the real world today (and not in theory), is a barbaric, violent, repressive religion.

Re:Here we go again... (1)

b4stard (893180) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677737)

"I wonder how long it'll be we're just all at war"

Uhm, I think you already are [wikipedia.org] , and the danes as well IIRC.
I'm guessing there's more than those drawings upsetting people.

Really offensive... (3, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677555)

Re:Really offensive... (1)

ILikeRed (141848) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677806)

Exactly. Over a man who was illiterate and got his first money by marrying the widow of his dead boss.

You can see the cartoons here [boingboing.net] . I like the picture of a protester against the Freedom of Speach in London with a sign that read "Freedom Go To Hell". Here are other protestors [comicon.com] and a nonviolent response [filibustercartoons.com] .

Not like these were the first drawings of the man [zombietime.com] either.

Islamist-h4x0r ladies(?) and gentlemen, ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677560)

next on your list:
 
  http://www.drawmohammed.com/ [drawmohammed.com]

They might be burning down buildings... (0, Troll)

drunkgoat (927967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677561)

But Islam is a relgion of Peace, remember?

Re:They might be burning down buildings... (1)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677600)

But Islam is a relgion of Peace, remember?

I agree that Islam is actually a satanic religion. I would support a wordwide ban on it.

Flags burned (2, Insightful)

fa_king (952336) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677565)

They get angry over a cartoon but when they burn an American Flag it is OK.

Go figure.

Re:Flags burned (1)

JavaLord (680960) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677687)

They get angry over a cartoon but when they burn an American Flag it is OK.

I really don't like to see the flag burning as an American, but I can deal with that. It's their tendancy to behead innocent civilians that I find most troubling.

Re:Flags burned (1)

lbrandy (923907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677693)

They get angry over a cartoon but when they burn an American Flag it is OK.

Nonono, you misunderstand. Only their symbology is sacred. Nothing says "Respect our symbols" like burning yours (and your embassasies, and, for that matter, killing each other).

Re:Flags burned (1)

metternich (888601) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677780)

Actually they're mostly burning the Danish flag, which could be consider blasphamy as well, since Danes beleive their flag was given to them directly from God.

joke time (3, Funny)

Geekboy(Wizard) (87906) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677573)

Q: How do you know your religion is the wrong one?
A: When you riot because of a one panel cartoon.

Re:joke time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677610)

"I see no irony in Islamist going militant about a cartoon depicting Islam as a militant regligion"

Re:joke time (0, Troll)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677624)

Q: How do you know you're an ignorant shit?
A: When you can't tell the difference between extremists and true followers of a religion.

Re:joke time (1)

gnuLNX (410742) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677666)

Right...so what about that 500,000 person protest in beruit?

Re:joke time (1)

pinkocommie (696223) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677743)

Ever so slight difference in a peaceful protest (I dont know how peaceful it was) and committing acts of violence and vandalism.

Re:joke time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677695)

Q: When will we see mass demonstrations against the extremists that make their religion look bad?

Re:joke time (3, Insightful)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677699)

Q: How do you know you're blinded by Political Correctness? A: When you try and defend a religion that defines true followers by thier extremism.

Re:joke time (2, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677776)


A tenet of almost all religions is that Theirs' is the One True Religion. They can't all be right.

All religions are superstitious fairy tales without a shred of proof.

(and don't call atheism a religion; atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby)

it'll all end in tears... (1)

frinkacheese (790787) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677574)

Iran will get nukes, they will nuke Israel, Israel will nuke them and then it'll all end in tears, you hear me now. In a few years time you'll know I was right. When I was a lad....

I'm not a ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677580)

cracker, honkey, snow-white or any other racial stereotype that these "jigs" want to refer to me as. I'm a human being. Gosh, get some sensitivity training.

Re:I'm not a ... (1)

Gerald (9696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677734)

I've always wondered why "cracker" has been pushed as an industry term. If you choose an English-speaking person at random and ask them to define "cracker," you might get one of the following definitions:

  • A small piece of flatbread
  • A large device for separating chemicals
  • The college-rock band
  • A caucasian

The definition you likely won't get is the one used in the article.

What's wrong with "intruder"? It's a perfectly clear, cromulent word.

I want a cartoon (3, Funny)

Omnifarious (11933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677582)

That has the Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, a molitav cocktail in his hand and a machine gun slung over his back, with a crazed expression saying "That will teach them not to depict me and my followers as violent and intolerant.". In the backround there should be an embassy burning and lots of burning pieces of paper flying around with the words 'defaced website' on them.

For good measure, we could have a cartoon of Jesus using thumbscrews or having sex or something too. I'd host it. I think those cartoons would make an excellent worldwide protest against this sort of idiotic behavior.

Re:I want a cartoon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677637)

My choice is a much simpler one: A pic of Muhammed holding a flamethrower to a star of david, titled "hypocrisy".

Seriously, after decades of calling for the complete eradication of Jews, what leg do these extremist Muslims have to stand on to even shed a tear over such a slight offense to their religion?

Re:I want a cartoon (1)

George Tirebuyer (825426) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677670)

Where can I get the T-shirt?

Re:I want a cartoon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677705)

How about a cartoon of jesus having sex with young boys? I'd print that on a t-shirt and wear it at uni. If it had a funny tagline. Maybe something like: "Jesus is coming! Will you spit or swallow?".

Seriously though, isn't it amazing how readily available flags of Nordic Countries seems to be down there? You know, just when they need to do some "spontaneous riot" flag-burning, there they are, all the flags they'll ever need. Amazing coincidence.

"It's been 6 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment"

this has to stop (5, Interesting)

slackaddict (950042) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677587)

The muslim world HAS to learn to play nicely with the rest of the world or face becoming marginalized. There's only so many times people can read about young girls being gang raped to punish their brother or young girls being forced to stay inside a burning building because they don't have their headgear on... not to mention all of the totally innocent contractors, journalists and students that are murdered for doing their job or even going to school. Where are the women's rights groups?!?!? Where are the "peaceful" muslims?

Re:this has to stop (5, Insightful)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677727)

The muslim world HAS to learn to play nicely with the rest of the world or face becoming marginalized

That's not gonna happen as long as a) the rest of the world needs oil, and b) the muslim world is sitting on most of it.

Re:this has to stop (2, Insightful)

slackaddict (950042) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677791)

I think you're really onto something - if these guys weren't sitting on anything but camels and sand, would we really care about what they're doing? We have got to get away from our dependance on oil. This is stupid.

Re:this has to stop (2, Insightful)

caffeination (947825) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677766)

Where are the "peaceful" muslims?
They're at home living their lives, while the nutters are out dancing for the international news crews at the embassies. Would you want to go out into one of those riots if you weren't going to fit in 100%?

Re:this has to stop (1)

kadathseeker (937789) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677794)

Oman and the UAE. I lived in Oman a while, it's one of the nicest countires anywhere (and I've been all over Europe, the US, and Asia).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oman [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Qaboos [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates [wikipedia.org]

very sad (4, Insightful)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677594)

It used to be possible to defend Islam to the right wingers in this country (USA) by saying that the terrorism and violence were coming from a relatively tiny number of the practicers of that faith with a very screwed up idea of what that faith meant. No more. Between the raging violence in France and the widespread violence and death threats coming from these cartoons, who can reasonably defend Islam as nonviolent any more?

Re:very sad (5, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677660)

It use to be possible to say that Australians were a peaceful and laid back people. But since the riots in Sydney over the lawful arrest and conviction of some criminals, how can anyone possibly defend Australians?

Bad people do bad things. It doesn't matter if they're Muslim, American or Buddist. I'll defend every muslim who doesn't participate in a riot and related actions until they're either all killed, or I die.

Re:very sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677765)

It used to be possible to defend Islam to the right wingers in this country (USA) by saying that the terrorism and violence were coming from a relatively tiny number of the practicers of that faith with a very screwed up idea of what that faith meant.

That, of course, was an outight lie. So sad that the truth is revealed so plainly. All religion is jacked up, but Islam more than most.

Re:very sad (1)

didit (820432) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677783)

Wow! I'm french and did not see anything related to Islam in the recent riots.

And because TV cameras prefer to show violence, you'll have a hard time seing non violent Islam these days. This certainly does not mean it does not exist or represents a minor part.

Provocation? (4, Insightful)

overshoot (39700) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677596)

I wonder what's going on here? It sounds too much like the "spontaneous demonstrations" that have been happening the last several days. Someone is playing a calculated game here, and it's not only unclear what they're up and who's the prime mover; it's not clear which "side" is stirring the pot [1].

Well, time to start the popcorn since I can't do much but watch. [1] Don't worry -- I won't let the tinfoil hat mess up the microwave popcorn.

ATTENTION: PROPHET MOHAMMED WAS A PEDOPHILE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677603)

Fucking nice year old "wives" indeed.

cracker community? (1)

P3NIS_CLEAVER (860022) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677609)

whats up with 'community united'? 'degenerate asshats congealed' would be more appropriate.

I don't understand... (5, Insightful)

YodaToad (164273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677613)

So they're getting all bent out of shape about a comic depicting them as violent and what do they do to protest the comic? They get violent, start riots and deface things.

Seems a bit counter-productive to me.

Re:I don't understand... (1)

Telepathetic Man (237975) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677668)

No, its not the violent depiction of the comic. Its the fact that it is an image of the Prophet Muhammad, which is considered blasphemous.

Re:I don't understand... (1)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677709)

One just has to love the irony of protesting against being called violent using violence.

not in thier right mind (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677618)

obviously we can say these nutjobs are not in their right mind. What should the jewish people do when they see a cartoon of Sharon eating a muslim baby? Should they nuke all countries that harbor the cartoon writers?

Here's a link to one of my fav satire sites... this week poking fun at ... well you guessed it muhammad http://www.tshirthell.com/muhammad.htm [tshirthell.com]

it's funny, it's offensive, it's great

"The speed with which the community united" (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677622)

The cartoons were published in September, protests happened in the last couple of weeks. Speed? Not much. What is more astonishing is the extent to which muslims have been shown to be prone to manipulation (on par or worse than the manipulation seen in the US post-9/11). I suppose that is the inherent power of mass religion, "the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions."

The only thing this violence will accomplish... (1)

pulse2600 (625694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677636)

...is furthering the views that many people already hold: that Muslisms are freedom hating terrorists. How many people do you think are looking at this situation now and saying to themselves "Maybe the cartoonist's depicted opinion of Islam isn't that far off reom reality?" I'm not saying it is, but these violent protests do nothing except strengthen these beliefs.

Quite the shitstorm. (1)

Raven42rac (448205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677644)

This has become quite the shitstorm. Just because you can say something, doesn't mean it's always the best idea to say certain things. There's certains things like tact, compassion, etc. This whole situation is unfortunate though.

bloggers... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677651)

You find out the cartoons have already been circulating widely in the muslims world during height of ramadan in Oct 05. Next, you find out a Danish Immam invader added more cartoons to the bunch. Then you find out the Danes will head the security council in the near future. What makes it even more funny, is your own western papers ( not knowing the cartoons were circulated in the islamic world without riots ) then turn around and censor the cartoons to the american public -- out of multicultural sensitivity.

-----

The Ranting Sandmonkey, an Egyptian blog, illustrates just how bogus the MSM refusal to discuss the Danish cartoons "out of respect for Islam" is:

Freedom For Egyptians reminded me why the cartoons looked so familiar to me: they were actually printed in the Egyptian Newspaper Al Fagr back in October 2005. I repeat, October 2005, during Ramadan, for all the egyptian muslim population to see, and not a single squeak of outrage was present. Al Fagr isn't a small newspaper either: it has respectable circulation in Egypt, since it's helmed by known Journalist Adel Hamoudah. Looking around in my house I found the copy of the newspaper, so I decided to scan it and present to all of you to see.

------

'The past as prologue'

http://fallbackbelmont.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

Cartoons were previously published in Egypt, no pr (5, Informative)

putko (753330) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677652)

The cartoons were published in Egypt, and there was no problem:

http://egyptiansandmonkey.blogspot.com/2006/02/boy cott-egypt.html [blogspot.com]

Anyone heard about this? Looks like there is a double-standard.

1000 sites hacked? (2, Interesting)

torunforever (930672) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677659)

Anyone else find it troubling that so many sites out there are vulnerable to such attacks?

Re:1000 sites hacked? (1)

robertjw (728654) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677782)

I was thinking that. Must all be Windows servers. Should be a windfall for Linux and Apache. Woo Hoo!!

No one really cares about the cartoons (5, Insightful)

Kohath (38547) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677663)

There's no genuine anger about the cartoons. They were published 6 months ago.

The cartoons are just an excuse. The cartoon riots are about rioting, not about cartoons. Rioters riot for fun and profit. Protests are arranged to gain political power for the people arranging them.

Web sites are defaced for the same reason bricks are thrown through windows. It's the same reason Reginald Denny [wikipedia.org] was beat up. It's a combination of hate and the idea that "we can get away with it this time".

I advise not enabling the rioters and web-page defacers by giving them what they want: attention, concessions, etc.

Cartoons (1)

SchrodingersRoot (943800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677669)

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/698 [brusselsjournal.com]

for the cartoons

I love the irony of the calls for violence against political cartoons, several of which, ya know...imply things about Islam and violence...

So far, said Mr Preatoni, there was little evidence that western hacker groups were taking any action in retaliation for the Islamic attacks.
Zombie Tron [slashdot.org] has risen from the dead to wreak vengence on those using his name, and retaliate for the attacks...

If the Middle East was a free society... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677675)

... then they could protest with dialog, constructive articles, and some of their own cartoons of the West instead of obnoxious, self-destructive, and STUPID violence.

Hypocritical Behaviour (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677678)

It is hypocritical to attack others when you do not want them to attack you.

What do the owners of these websites have to do with this entire controversy?
Most of them - NOTHING.

To use a new-ish Fark cliche... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677682)

"The Religion of Peace(TM) strikes again!"

Internet war! (1)

caffeination (947825) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677690)

We all remember the China pilot arrest thing right? And the ensuing hackfest?
Mark my words, it's starting again. This time is going to be bigger though. It's going to make that war look like nothing more than a crapflood!
I haven't been this excited since I last went out in public!!!

pen mightier than the sword? (1)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677697)

Maybe the pen really is mighier than the sword...

Either way, these demonstrations are ridiculous. The fact that individuals are actively protesting freedom of speech in this day and age completely boggles my mind.

Semi-OT: On Violence (5, Insightful)

stinerman (812158) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677698)

I certainly respect the Muslims who feel offended, but if they are going to live in a liberal democracy, they're going to have to just accept the fact that they're going to be offended.

I'm agnostic. I get offended when my state's motto is "With God, all things are possible". I don't like hearing "God Bless America" every time George Bush opens his mouth. I do understand I live in a country with religious freedom, and I'm just going to have to take it. If I can't take it anymore, I'll move to a country that supresses religious liberties.

Many of the European Muslims think they can get the good benefits of a liberal democracy (decent jobs, market-based economy), while asking for special status for their religious beliefs. Someone needs to tell them part of living in a liberal democracy is having thick skin.

Ironically, they later discovered (1)

z4pp4 (923705) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677707)

..that the cartoonist was none other than Salman Rushdie, who by no small effort had his own, albiet "plastic" defacement - and thus caused what will later be known as "The Great 2006 Defacement of the Internet and the rise of the great Middle Eastern Nations against the cartoons of the wicked west."
Fundamentalist Reactionaries vowed that they will never eat Apple Danish again.

Slackers! (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677717)

"So far, said Mr Preatoni, there was little evidence that western hacker groups were taking any action in retaliation for the Islamic attacks."

Slacker westerners! Get off your mothers couch and go wag a digital war!

Kidding!

-Rick

hah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677722)

Here I though Religion would have been abolished by now. Those Pesky humans!

I for one ... (1)

ta ma de (851887) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677723)

can't wait for the US to declare that the after-life is supporting terrorism and therefore should be destroyed ... or at least liberated ... blowed-up either way.

Stupid people- (1)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677732)

This just goes to show that Muslims (or for that matter, anyone what takes religion too seriously) have no sense of humor. The slightest perceived insult, or slight, and they go off on a killing spree.

Stupid sods. I'm Danish, you want a pice of me? Bring it on. We Danes are not afraid of anyone.

Retaliation (1)

Monty845 (739787) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677736)

I look forward to the Retaliation by western hackers... this could be quite entertaining

os (1)

slashdotnickname (882178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677747)

I'd be interested in stats on what OS and web services these sites were running.

Because of the relative ease they seemed to be cracked into, I'm assuming they were Windows boxes with IIS... but I figured that part of the world was heavy on Linux... so I'm confused...

Btw, Mohamed would certainly be against this kind of vandalism.

"speed with which the community united"? (0, Redundant)

Doctor Memory (6336) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677748)

I thought these cartoons were first published back in September. It's surprising that it only took four months for people to start whacking websites?

Is it Just Me? (0, Redundant)

magixman (883752) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677758)

Is it just me or is the real story here how 900 websites managed to have lax security? That really scares me.

Actual message (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677760)

I had this this [dormck.dk] freindly messeage displayed on a danish website a few days ago, (I know very outdated version of phpbb)

The potential... (1)

Jesrad (716567) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677764)

... for sarcastic coment is priceless !

I shall go turn my blog into a defacement parody now.

kapow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677775)

And how this all got started was that someone got a pea into his nose, because pictures of Muhammed were printed. How did this person know what Muhammed looks like in the first place, anyone?

oh drama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14677786)

http://www.loljesus.com/ [loljesus.com]

Come on, where's the riot?

Such a stupid mess... (0, Troll)

fuyu-no-neko (839858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14677808)

I'm getting sick of all the "They're only cartoons! feckin ragheads" comments, so:
With regards to the whole cartoons/muslim thing, lets be fair here. I fully expect that if the press made a public showing of doing something extremely disrespectful against the christians (wiping our asses on pages of the bible maybe? raping blow up jesus dolls?), the christians would be damn upset too, or at least the christians that still believe in christ. What? Cartoons are different from bibles and blow up dolls? Don't assume that just because it's not disrespectful to you that it isn't disrespectful to anyone else...

Once we've gotten a large group of people to the "being upset" stage, it's for the most part ringleaders who keep urging the masses to start burning embassies down and the like. Don't feel smug, because America and to a lesser degree the rest of us western countries had the same experiance after the twin towers. "My god we've been attacked by terrorists! Lets go bomb the first country our beloved leaders point us in the direction of".

Should innocent websites be caught in the crossfire and defaced because of this mess? No, but then again a lot of westerners could do with quitting the attitude of "Let's go piss off the ragheads! We can turn around and say that they're only cartoons afterwards." Overall this mess isn't the fault of any one side - it's everyone adding fuel to the fire.
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