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Bristol residents looking for bus and train timetables were confronted by a message from Islamic militants following a defacement of the TravelWest website. A self-styled "Arab Security Team" called Darkshadow sprayed digital graffiti on Bristol-based travel information website Local reports speculate …

  1. Anonymous Coward


    OK - this wasn't a mistake - "BRISTOLS" is offensive to certain types...

  2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

    Sad to say, the code quality of tasks outsourced to the sunny southern lands is often at the same level of awkwardness.

    Step it up, guys.

    1. Ragarath
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      Re: The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

      But we get sun down here so we don't have the hours and hours to stay cooped up inside learning code like our Northern brethren.

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

        This explains finnish coding.

        Humanity living on Snowball Earth would reach the Singularity in no time.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This reminds me...

    ... of the bit from Dara O'Briain's stand-up DVD about the IRA and 'York Model Railway Centre'.

    If you've seen it you'll know what I mean

  4. phuzz Silver badge
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    Given how terrible the buses are in Bristol (thanks to First) they really did a favour for people.

    1. h4rm0ny

      On the principle that no information is more accurate than wrong information, they probably actually improved the site's accuracy. ;)

  5. patrick_bateman

    Update your wordpress

    they got me with that about 2 years ago, one click plugin update and the whole was covered....

    but , this is seriouse......

    Dam you karaf timetables!!!!

    1. jaminbob

      Re: Update your wordpress

      Its drupal.

  6. Rosie Davies

    But it's Brizzle. The timetables are essentially only for (very poor) comedy value anyway and no-one's really that fussed. It's the South West by here, not some madhouse where people measure time by the minute rather than the day of the week like normal people do.


    1. jaminbob

      There's 'real time' info on there too mind.

  7. skeptical i

    Take THAT, infidel transit users!

    Using transit and not driving everywhere and consuming petrol to enrich our brothers in the Saudi lands and ...

  8. PCS


    They need to learn how to use search engines before launching scripts.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Muppets

      They used bing I expect.

      1. Ole Juul

        Re: Muppets

        They used bing I expect.

        More likely it was the bong.

    2. Manolo

      Re: Muppets

      They need to stop having marriages between first cousins.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Muppets

        With the sartorial elegance that seems to be de rigeur among da bros, I think they'd probably consider first cousins a tidy result.

      2. JPeasmould

        Re: Muppets

        Which ones? The Bristolians or the twits defacing the website?

        I lived in Bath for a few years and there are some villages nearby where even the dogs have club feet.

  9. Richard Ball


    They must have (quite reasonably) taken the view that the departure of Badgerline bus services signalled a descent for the west country into a hellish, corrupt and godless state that can only be put right with a bit of scribbling.

    1. P. Lee

      Re: Badgers

      Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Mushrooms!

      Now I understand.

  10. Mark 85

    Ah... a defaced website or two...

    That will teach us infidels, won't it? I'm assuming that anyone who missed the bus and was late for work could claim that the reason was a "terrorist attack"?

    1. TitterYeNot

      Re: Ah... a defaced website or two...

      I'm assuming it was a translation issue.

      They thought they were going to bring the West to its knees, instead they joined the glorious jihad against the West Country

    2. Hans 1

      Re: Ah... a defaced website or two...

      Mark 85

      >That will teach us infidels, won't it? I'm assuming that anyone who missed the bus and was late for work could claim that the reason was a "terrorist attack"?

      You do not take the bus, do you ? Of course not, if you did, you would know that since the cultural revolution of 1979, you can no longer rely on any time tables for public transport in the UK. You cannot miss a bus, the bus on the time table will be hours late. You do not really notice on busy routes, you do when you have to catch any of the first 3 of the day or you are on a route with poor service.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I searched Google for 'travelwest' and saw this:

    Travel West

    Hacked By darkshadow. لا الله الا الله محمد رسول الله. Arab Security Team. Muslum Hackers. Email :

    Muslum Hackers? Bad typists or badly educated? Google only shows Muslum as a Turkish singer.

    1. Androgynous Cupboard Silver badge

      Vowels (generally) aren't explicitly written in arabic, so you get mohammed/mahmud, osama/usama, all of which are valid transliterations. And, because I suspect I have to spell it out for you, "Muslim" is an arabic word.

    2. Pen-y-gors


      facebook are usually happy to close accounts for the slightest reason (breast-feeding photo?) - how come a hacker/trrrrssst one is still functioning? Ditto a googlemail account?

  12. Paul Johnston

    Is is bad if...

    If I click on their facebook link what laws am I breaking.

    Supposed to be a joke hence the icon but not so sure these days.

    1. I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

      According to the BBC

      Experts Beyond Belief recently declared that that bit of the Magna Carta is still in force. So we have that going for us. (Or was that: The wheels of the carta go round and around?)

  13. Terry 6 Silver badge


    You'd have thought even a bus timetable site would have had a sensible level of security to keep out intruders wouldn't you. Maybe not for the need to keep out terrorist sympathisers, but at least to protect themselves from practical jokers ( which actually this kind of is) and disgruntled employees/members of the public.

    But then, it does seem as if they're in good(?) company - considering the far more serious incidents recently.

    1. jaminbob

      Re: Security

      I think to be fair its a low risk target. There is no sensitive info on a site like that and you can roll back in hours. There is not much point in spending huge amounts on top end sec.

      Plus they're in good company. Not many organisations seem to be immune no matter how hard they try.

      1. Terry 6 Silver badge

        Re: Security

        I did say.....

        "....not for the need to keep out terrorist sympathisers, but at least to protect themselves from practical jokers...............disgruntled employees/members of the public"

  14. DropBear

    Uh oh...

    Does that mean I should stay away from Bristol Bus-related pubs for a while?!? Naaah.... too hard. As these guy say, Inisall... Inasill... Inshahill... screw it, YOLO.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    And then, something happened....

  16. beachmunkey

    Bus ted!

    Ha ha ha... All your bus are belong to us!!

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