Websites hacked as Muslim tensions rise

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The website for Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet collapsed under a hacker attack Wednesday night, and a Turkish group is claiming responsibility.

Dagbladet has been the target of Muslim protests over its publication last week of a caricature of the prophet Mohammed that Muslims found offensive. Hundreds of Muslim taxi drivers have staged impromptu strikes since the weekend and vow that protests disrupting public transport will continue until Dagbladet apologizes.

Dagbladet’s editor has refused to do so, citing freedom of expression, and has won support from other Norwegian media.

Another major Norwegian website, VG.no, was also disrupted Wednesday night, but its problems were said to be unrelated to the Muslim protest.

Dagbladet.no was knocked offline for more than two hours, after being hit with an organized barrage of hits. Another protest was planned for outside the Norwegian Parliament on Friday.

By Views and News staff