The hacker was able to gain control of the domain name by asking domain seller Network Solutions for the account password on official al-Jazeera stationery, said an industry source speaking on condition of anonymity.
A spokesman for Network Solutions' parent company declined to comment on how the hacker was able to hijack the domain name, but said the company had fixed the problem and was trying to track the impostor down.
'We followed our procedures, in this particular instance someone was able to get around those procedures,' said Brian O'Shaughnessy, a spokesman for Internet security firm VeriSign.
They fixed the problem? Surely this is exactly what happened with the
sex.com domain several years ago?