Islamist hackers defaced Notepad++ after the open-source text editor released a â€œJe suis Charlieâ€ edition, according to Softpedia. The hacking group dubbed the â€˜Fallaga Team,â€™ 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 â€˜Charlie Hebdoâ€™ newspaper in France. The hackers posted anti-Western messages on the defaced website, on pro-Mahomed musical background.
â€œHi NOTEPAD++, today is your turn,â€ the Fallaga Team wrote. â€œSo 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?â€
Poor grammar skills didnâ€™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.
â€œDon’t even think to play with us!,â€ the hacking team wrote. â€œWe defend our messenger! We defend our religion!â€
The Notepad++ website has been restored, and continues to offer a â€œJe suis Charlieâ€ edition for download. A cached version of the defaced web page is available at Zone-H.
â€œFreedom of expression is like the air we breathe, we don’t feel it, until people take it away from us,â€ the Notepad++ developer said. â€œFor 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.â€
So far this year, the Fallaga Team defaced over 300 websites, according to Softpedia. After the â€˜Charlie Hebdoâ€™ attack, the hackers seemed to have focused on French websites, regardless of their domain of activity.
â€œJe suis Charlieâ€ became an international slogan on the Internet and social networks after the shooting incident on January 7 at the â€˜Charlie Hebdoâ€™ satirical newspaper in Paris.