Zee Media Bureau/Philaso Kaping
New Delhi: Hackers hijacked and rerouted Google’s Palestine domain to a different server apparently in objection to labelling of Palestinian territories as Israel in Google Maps.
The group Hackteach claimed responsibility and left a message on the homepage.
“uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine,” the statement read.“#Question : what would happens if we changed the country title of Isreal to Palestine in google maps !!! it would be revolution ..So Listen to rihanna and be cool :P.”
Earlier in May, Google changed the tagline on homepage of its Palestinian edition from “Palestinian territories” to “Palestine” in line with the UN’s decision last year upgrading the Palestinians` status to "non-member observer state."