The official website of Afghanistan's National Taliban Party has been defaced by what appears to be a new script kid on the block, but experts say it may be a fake.
Last night an as yet unheard of defacer going by the name of MaxMouse replaced the homepage of Talibanonline.com with images of the American flag and the message: "The United States will destroy you! You will pay for this you stupid fools!!!"
Mark Read, network security analyst for MIS, said he wasn't aware of the site being defaced in the past although a sister site, Taleban.com has been hit numerous times.
Read said it was likely that the attacker, who has not claimed any other defacements, is probably a script kiddie exploiting one of the holes in the IIS 5 webserver.
But, on the other hand, there may be more to the defacement than meets the eye, said Read. Suspicions were aroused when it came to light that the website had only been registered on 15 September, just four days after the 11 September terrorist attacks.
An ironic twist to the story is that it seems that, although the site is registered to the Afghan National Taliban Party in Kabul, it is actually hosted by a US company called Network Commerce in Seattle, Washington.
A glance at the source code of the site also reveals a frameset that points towards a personal and paid for domain at Sparkhost.com, effectively leaving a paper trail back to the 'hacker'.
"So there is every chance that the site may be a fake," said Read.
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