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 USA". It is now a link to ItsHappening.com, a website about current events.
The site briefly re-appeared on www.news4arab.org, but it was taken down again. The website since had many other sightings (many times on HostingAnime's servers) as Al-Qaeda kept trying to put it up. The site had also been inserted inside of other websites several times, probably with the help of internet utilities and/or insider knowledge.
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
- 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. pages 38–40. Archived (PDF) from the original 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. pages 58–59. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- Archive.org's record of Alneda.com
- Alneda.com registration information
- Wired.com article about the persistence of the Alneda operators trying to keep the site alive