IS terrorist group downs US govt websites
An Islamic State terrorist group has been reported to have hacked into United States government-owned websites, leaving the message “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries” on the websites.
The message ended with “I love the Islamic state”.
Many websites, including the website of Republican Ohio governor, John Kasich, the website for Howard County, Maryland and the websites of Ohio’s first lady, Karen Kasich, Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Casino Control Commission were affected.
Chief communications officer for Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services, Tom Hoyt, confirming the hack said, “All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites”.
Team System DZ has been poked to be behind the hack, and according to NDTV, authors of the website, Cryptosphere, which tracks hackers worldwide, have detailed dozens, if not hundreds, of similar hacks in recent years by the terrorist group Team System DZ, which they called a “pro-ISIS hacker crew” and claim are based in Algeria.
Other websites gravely impacted by the hack include those for a synagogue in Florida, the student union at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, for UK Rugby and a number of websites on WordPress.
The websites, which were downed yesterday, authorities hope would be up and running sometime today.