It was being hosted in Malaysia by the internet service provider Malaysia Technology Development Corporation, and first appeared shortly after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks. It had encrypted information to direct members to more secure websites, featured news on Al Qaeda, published Fatwas and books, and had media, including videos of Osama bin Laden.
Many attempts were made to shut down in 2002 (mostly through DoS attacks), until one American porn-site owner named Jon Messner finally took control of the website. Messner used the Arabic translation service at ajeeb.com to read messages left on the site. For five days, people thought that it was still the real Al Qaeda site. After a post on an Islamic message board at 4:30 a.m. on July 20 warned people not to go, the site was taken down in a website defacement. After this message Messner posted an image of the Great Seal of the United States with the words, "Hacked, Tracked, and Now Owned by the United States". It is now a link to ItsHappening.com, a website about current events.
Alneda was run by the Saudi militant Yusuf al Ayiri, who was killed in a shootout with Saudi security forces in June 2003.
Captives in the "war on terror"
Several of the captives held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps had their continued detention justified by having documents containing their names listed on Alneda's web-pages.
- How Al-Qaeda Site Was Hijacked, Wired (magazine), August 10, 2002
- Pornographer says he hacked al Qaeda: 'I wanted to do something ... I know the Internet', CNN, August 8, 2002
- Al Qaeda's Webmasters Wage a Cyber Jihad., ABC News, 15 July 2004
- OARDEC (8 February 2006). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ben Moujan, Muhammad" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 38–40. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- OARDEC (8 December 2004). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Arbaysh, Ibrahimj Sulayman Muhammad" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 58–59. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-05.