Google's Palestine webpage hacked for anti-Israeli purpose [Update]

Israel is Palestine, according to a number of individuals responsible for hacking into, and defacing, the Google Palestine domain. Their message calls out for the change to be made, sparking a ‘revolution’.

How Google Palestine’s webpage was defaced is not currently clear, though the leading theory is that Google’s servers weren’t touched, but the domain was redirected to another server, potentially by hacking the domain registrar instead.

Israel’s borders have been a source of controversy since 1948, when the state was formally recognised. Many Palestinians feel they have a right to the disputed territory, with plenty of media focus having been on the ‘Gaza Strip’ in particular.

For fairly obvious reasons, viewing Google Palestine’s defaced webpage is not a good idea. With the site being a Google page, it is likely to receive reasonable amounts of traffic, as the Transparency Report shows. Under these circumstances, malware distribution wouldn't be surprising.

We strongly advise avoiding the webpage, at least for a while until the situation is cleared up. We’re not sure why those responsible recommend listening to Rihanna in their message, but it may have some further significance.

Update: Google has suspended the page altogether now, which redirects here but it could return later.

Source: TechCrunch

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"We're not sure why those responsible recommend listening to Rihanna in their message, but it may have some further significance."

Maybe they like "S&M"?

It wasn't that long ago that Google fulfilled their requests for a Google Palestine and now they're hacking it? (which didn't exist until recently) as far as I remember.

valhalla_rk said,
At least they think they have some humor.

indeed, there is no such country as Palestine. I don't know why google even bothers humoring them in the first place.

dvb2000 said,

indeed, there is no such country as Palestine. I don't know why google even bothers humoring them in the first place.

Well, there has been de facto recognition of the state by the EU for a long time and by the UN since november 2012. So you might be wrong there

XerXis said,

Well, there has been de facto recognition of the state by the EU for a long time and by the UN since november 2012. So you might be wrong there

with no legal standing whatsoever

with legal standing as an observer state in the UN, not choosing sides here because I can't care anymore. But facts are facts. The Belgian page of google recognizes Palestine as a country btw

dvb2000 said,

indeed, there is no such country as Palestine. I don't know why google even bothers humoring them in the first place.

Is just named wrong, that's all. The correct name is 'Jordan'

dvb2000 said,

indeed, there is no such country as Palestine. I don't know why google even bothers humoring them in the first place.

No, you're right, the area of Palestine is currently called Israel. That was the whole point of their message.

And what do you mean by Google "humoring" them? You mean by having a dedicated Google search site for a non-country? Just like they do for Puerto Rico, Catalan territories, Jersey, American Samoa etc. among many others...?