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Charlie Hebdo Web site hacked

Following office petrol bombing

Charlie Hebdo’s offices in the 20th arrondissement in Paris have been firebombed after the name of the latest edition was changed to “Charia Hebdo” and the name of Prophet Mohamed was used to sign the editorial. The magazine motivated its decision and the content of the current number by the recent victory of the Islamist Ennadha party in Tunisian elections and the possible adoption of Sharia Islamic law in post-Gaddafi Libya.

The Web site of the satirical magazine was also attacked and continues to be unavailable as of this afternoon. According to a content sharing platform, the responsible for the attack, who signs as Cyber Warrior, considers that the magazine editors “keep abusing, Islam’s almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech”, as depicted in the screenshot below. The bilingual text – in English and Turkish – emphasizes that the hacker(s) will act as a “Curse on Cyber World”.

Safe surfing everybody!
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With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples, messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.