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Notepad++ Defaced by Islamist Hackers after ËœJe suis Charlie` Edition

Bianca STANESCU

January 14, 2015

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Notepad++ Defaced by Islamist Hackers after ËœJe suis Charlie` Edition

Islamist hackers defaced Notepad++ after the open-source text editor released a “Je suis Charlie” edition, according to Softpedia. The hacking group dubbed the ËœFallaga Team,` allegedly from Tunisia, breached the website on January 12.

The hack surfaced two days after the launch of the special Notepad++ edition, created in support of the shooting incident at the ËœCharlie Hebdo` newspaper in France. The hackers posted anti-Western messages on the defaced website, on pro-Mahomed musical background.

“Hi NOTEPAD++, today is your turn,” the Fallaga Team wrote. “So you are “CHARLIE”! Because the last notepad++ version (6.7.4) named “JE SUIS CHARLIE”! So you thik that Islam is terrorist! Will i’m here to show you who is the real terrorist?”

Poor grammar skills didn`t deter hackers from writing more on the same note. They gave France and the US as counter-examples, accusing them of killing people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

notepad-defaced-by-islamist-hackers-after-je-suis-charlie-editionThey also left a clear message about their work.

“Don’t even think to play with us!,” the hacking team wrote. “We defend our messenger! We defend our religion!”

The Notepad++ website has been restored, and continues to offer a “Je suis Charlie” edition for download. A cached version of the defaced web page is available at Zone-H.

“Freedom of expression is like the air we breathe, we don’t feel it, until people take it away from us,” the Notepad++ developer said. “For this reason, Je suis Charlie, not because I endorse everything they published, but because I cherish the right to speak out freely without risk even when it offends others. And no, you cannot just take someone’s life for whatever he/she expressed.”

So far this year, the Fallaga Team defaced over 300 websites, according to Softpedia. After the ËœCharlie Hebdo` attack, the hackers seemed to have focused on French websites, regardless of their domain of activity.

“Je suis Charlie” became an international slogan on the Internet and social networks after the shooting incident on January 7 at the ËœCharlie Hebdo` satirical newspaper in Paris.

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