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June 2, 2012: The U.S. Secretary of State gave a speech last month in which she implied that U.S. government hackers had gone after al Qaeda web sites and replaced pictures of dead Americans with photos of Moslem civilians killed by al Qaeda. Several media outlets picked up on this and ran the story. Soon, some readers decided to check for themselves and the less exciting truth emerged. What the State Department did was place anti-al Qaeda ads on a pro-terrorist web site. Like most web sites, ads are provided by a broker (often Google) and if you want to spend the money, you can outbid everyone else to put your ads on a particular website. That's what the State Department did with this one pro-al Qaeda website. Until the web site management was able to get in touch with the ad broker, the State Department ads appeared, contradicting what the pro-terrorist web site was all about. Hardly a hack and not cheap either.