Hackers deface Google Palestine, object to Google Maps labeling of Israel

August 26, 2013

Google's presence in the Palestinian territories, Google.ps, has been defaced by hackers, apparently objecting to the Google Maps labeling of the Israel and Palestinian borders.

Google made the switch from calling its regional search page "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine" in May.

The hackers further went on to suggest that changing the title of Israel on Google Maps to Palestine would be a "revolution" -- and suggesting that visitors listen to R&B singer Rihanna and "be cool."


A Google spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Update: A Google spokesperson sent us this statement:

Some users visiting google.ps have been getting redirected to a different website; Google services for the google.ps domain were not hacked. We're in contact with the organization responsible for managing this domain name so we can help resolve the problem.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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