I just saw the news that the e-journal Egyptological, which I have blogged about several times on this blog, has had to suspend operations due to radicalized hackers in Egypt. Here is the announcement, part of which reads as follows:
Kate and Andrea are very sad to announce that Egyptological will be unavailable for the forseeable future. It has been targeted by a professional hacking group as part of an onslaught on Egypt-related web sites during the current unrest in Egypt.
Although we have been in negotiations with the hackers, which seemed to be going well, they have now announced their intention of resuming hostilities against us. They apparently see Egyptology sites such as ours as representing a form of political threat.
Egyptology enthusiasts worldwide can thank the Muslim Brotherhood and their ilk for this. While the recent backlash against Egypt’s president for decreeing himself Pharaoh shows that there is truly a desire for democracy amid the chaos in Egypt (Morsi was forced to reverse his self-declared omnipotence), this sort of thinking (I use the term loosely) is sadly not uncommon. Hopefully Egyptological will be back online sooner than supposed.