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Lebanese news site says hacked by Israelis
National News Agency director says website hacked by Israeli Born to Freedom Foundation, which posted message offering $10 million for news on whereabouts of missing soldiers

An Israeli group hacked Lebanon's National News Agency website and posted a message offering 10 million dollars for news on the whereabouts of missing soldiers, the agency's director said on Tuesday.

 

"Our Arabic, English and French websites were hacked several times by the Israeli Born to Freedom Foundation on Monday afternoon and later that night," director Laure Sleiman told AFP.

 

"We stopped broadcasting throughout the afternoon and evening," she added.

 

The hackers replaced the website's news stories with a message offering visitors to the site a 10 million dollar reward for information on seven Israeli soldiers who disappeared in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.

 

The soldiers include pilot Ron Arad - who disappeared in southern Lebanon in 1986 - and captive Gilad Shalit who has been held for almost four years by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which controls Gaza.

 

Hamas' armed wing on Sunday posted a cartoon on its website that implies Shalit may die in its custody.

 

Top Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar has come out against the cartoon, saying it "does not express the official position of the Hamas movement."

 

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