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Notepad++ Defaced by Islamist Hackers after ‘Je 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 ‘Fallaga 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 ‘Charlie 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 ‘Charlie 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 ‘Charlie Hebdo’ satirical newspaper in Paris.

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