Armenian Hackers Hit Azerbaijan …And Azerbaijaini Hackers Retaliat

By Jeff Goldman

eSecurity Planet

Sept 4 2012

Armenian hackers recently took down several Web sites in Azerbaijan,
including the president’s Web site, the site for the Azerbaijani
Supreme Court, and several news sites, to protest the government’s
recent issuing of a pardon to a Azerbaijani soldier who had killed
an Armenian with an axe in 2004.

“Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev issued an order that killer Ramil
Safarov ‘should be freed from the term of his punishment’ directly
after he arrived earlier on a plane from Budapest, where he had
been serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder. … Safarov hacked
Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian to death with an axe at a military
academy in Budapest, where the servicemen from the ex-Soviet neighbor
states were attending English-language courses organised by NATO,”
AFP reports.

“Safarov was flown to Baku and freed, despite Azerbaijan’s assurances
that his life sentence would be enforced,” BBC News reports.

ArmeniaNow’s Gohar Abrahamyan reports that cyber attacks were launched
in both directions. “Information Security expert Samvel Martirosyan
told ArmeniaNow that a group of Armenian hackers has attacked 15 Azeri
websites of highest importance,” Abrahamyan writes. “To retaliate,
Azeri hackers have attacked Armenian websites. ‘This is the biggest
cross-fire in the Armenian and Azerbaijan cyber war of the recent
years. Both sides have been attacking for the past two years: DDoS
attacks, when a website simply becomes ‘not accessible’ and when the
site is hacked and injected with unrelated content,’ says Martirosyan.”

“A group of hackers calling themselves the ‘Azerbaijani Defacers’ took
down the Armenian president’s official website today,” The Hurriyet
Daily News reports. “The group claimed they carried out the attack on
Serzh Sargsyan’s site to counter the hacking of numerous Azerbaijani
websites by Armenian hackers in recent days.”

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