Cyber-attack theory as al-Qaida websites close

Websites being used to disseminate propaganda by al-Qaida appear to have come under systematic cyber-attack, forcing the closure of three for well over a month and fuelling speculation that governments are targeting them in a shadowy new front in the “war on terror”.Al-Ekhlas, al-Buraq and al-Firdaws, all linked to al-Fajr – the media distribution arm of al-Qaida – have been down since just before September 11, when the broadcast of a video commemorating the 2001 attacks was inexplicably delayed.

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