Hacker attacks synagogue Web sites

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A computer hacker defaced the Web sites of two Colorado synagogues with anti-Semitic messages, authorities said.

An online intruder calling himself Waja (Adi Noor) hacked the Bonai Shalom and Har HaShem sites as well as one belonging to the Boulder Rabbinic Council Saturday, The Denver Post reported Monday.

Jeff Finkelstein, owner of a Boulder company that designed and maintains the sites, reported the intrusion to police, the newspaper said.

"This is not all that different from painting a swastika on the wall of a building," Finkelstein said of the messages, which equated the Jewish community with a terrorist organization.

It took about five hours to remove the messages from the affected sites, he said.

One of the attacks was traced to an Internet address in Mexico but Finkelstein doubts that was the actual source of the hack.

"Even bad hackers can do a good job of covering their tracks," Finkelstein said.

The FBI will investigate the attacks along.

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