On January 30, I reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had ordered the hacking and shutting down on InLightPress, a website that has run a number of articles critical of Abbas’ rule.
After a couple of days of being down, InLightPress returned and released a statement, which called the attack on its website “treacherous barbarism.” In addition, they said that they believed that “the attack came from the Palestinian Authority with the approval of President Abbas.” Moreover, InLightPress said that they had learned from sources in Ramallah that Mahmoud Abbas set up a “crisis cell” headed by Sabri Saydam, former Palestinian minister for technology, to carry out the attack.
On February 6, InLightPress returned, and on Tuesday evening they released a new statement regarding the hacking of their website.
In the new statement, InLightPress said that “we now know who they are, and why they did it, and they know that we will not stop.” In addition, they say that they published things against “you,” little by little. The “you” is almost certainly Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.
InLightPress writes that they knew that Abbas’ people would come after them, but did not expect it to happen so soon. InLightPress plans to launch a new section on its website called Violations, which will focus on the “villains of darkness,” who “who kill and oppress their own people.”
Currently, it appears that InLightPress is under yet another hacking attack, just hours after the release of this new statement.