The websites were hacked by a group calling itself al-Rashedon
Qatar based news broadcaster Al Jazeera said a number of its websites were hacked by a group sympathising with Syrian government.
The websites were hacked by a group called al-Rashedon for the broadcaster’s coverage of the Syrian conflict. The readers who tried to access the website were redirected to a web page with a Syrian flag which appeared with a Syrian flag along with the word "Hack."
The group said: "This is in response to your position against the people and government of Syria, especially your support of the armed terrorist groups and spreading false fabricated news."
Al Jazeera said to be critical of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising against his rule started in March last year.
A spokesman for the channel said, "The company is working on fixing the problem and has succeeded in restoring Al-Jazeera websites gradually, but completing the job will take some time."
The hacking attack is the latest in a wave of cyber attacks on news agencies and energy companies in the region carried out by governments, militant groups or private hacktivists to make political points.
Recently, Qatar-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer RasGas had reported that malware has shut down part of its computer system.
The disruption follows similar attack faced by Saudi Aramco, the government-owned firm, which also reported a virus attack affecting 30,000 of its computers.
In August this year, Reuters News website’s blogging platform was also hacked and a false news was posted on its journalist’s blog saying Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal had died.