In a rare public admission of the covert cyber war against extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says cyber experts based at the State Department hacked Yemeni tribal websites, replacing Al Qaeda propaganda that bragged about killing Americans.
“Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions of the ads that showed the toll Al Qaeda attacks have taken on the Yemeni people,” Clinton said Wednesday.
In response, “Extremists are publicly venting their frustration and asking supporters not to believe everything they read on the Internet,” she said.
- US hacked Yemeni Al Qaeda sites to reverse propaganda, Clinton says (foxnews.com)
- Clinton: U.S. hacked Al Qaeda (politico.com)
- Clinton: We Hacked Yemen Al Qaeda Sites (abcnews.go.com)
- Clinton: US hacked Yemeni al-Qaida sites (thehimalayantimes.com)