Several government websites in Ohio and Maryland, including the one belonging to Ohio Governor John Kasich, had to be shut down Sunday after being defaced by pro-ISIS hackers. The hackers breached the websites and published messages supporting the Islamic State group.
The message posted on Kasich’s website also played an Islamic call to prayer.
The Kasich website (www.governor.ohio.gov) was taken offline on Sunday, now it is up and running again.
The hackers belong to a group that is calling itself Team System DZ, the group targeted the websites in as retaliation for the politic of the US President Donald Trump.
“You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries,” “I Love Islamic state.” states the message posted by the group.
The hackers have written the message in gold lettering on a black background.
The hackers also published the basic statement of the Islamic faith written in Arabic:
“there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.”
Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, said all affected servers were “taken offline” and law enforcement is investigating the cyberattacks.
“We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened,” Hoyt said.
Hackers also targeted a website for Howard County, Maryland.
“There was no breach of data and no personal information was compromised,” according to a statement from Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “Howard County government is working with law enforcement agencies and an investigation is underway. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
“Government websites in Ohio, Maryland and New York have been hacked with what appears to be pro-ISIS propaganda.” reported the CNN.
Some of the websites are still down at the time I was writing.
(Security Affairs – pro-isis group, defacement)