Cyberattack on Danish ministry after minister posts Mohammed cartoon



STOCKHOLM (dpa)- The website of the Danish Ministry for Immigration and Integration was unavailable Thursday after a cyberattack, Danish media reported.
It comes days after Inger Stojberg, the minister for immigration and integration, posted a screenshot on her Facebook page of a caricature of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.



The cartoon, one of 12 first published 2005 by a Danish daily, triggered violent protests across the Muslim world. Embassies were attacked, and Danish products were boycotted.
Kurt Westergaard, who made it, has lived under police protection after an attack in his home.
Stojberg could not confirm a Turkey-based group's claims that it had staged a so-called denial of service (DDoS) attack causing the ministry's website to crash late Wednesday.
"But you can note the timing," she told broadcaster TV2.
The ministry told news agency Ritzau that the website was offline to avert further attacks.
On Facebook, Stojberg said she used the cartoon as a background image on her tablet since she "loved" the basic freedoms Denmark has.
She also expressed disappointment that a museum in Jutland had opted not to include the 12 Mohammed caricatures in an exhibition on blasphemy due to open Friday.
The Skovgaard Museum in Viborg said the caricatures would have overshadowed the exhibit "Image Storm" that includes religious and political images from the past 500 years. It also cited security concerns.
Exhibits include US artist Andres Serrano's photo "Piss Christ" that shows a crucifix in a container filled with what is said to be the artist's urine.
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Friday, September 29th 2017
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