Many US government websites, most of them in Ohio were hacked with displaying a pro-IS message. Website of Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich was also targeted. The message displayed on the website was written in Arabic mostly in black and white, similar to the flag of the terrorist organisation.
A message on Ohio Governor John Kasich website read, “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.” The message, left by “Team System Dz,” also ended, “I love the Islamic state. In the past too, the group Team System DZ has carried out a number of hacking sprees, with anti-Israel messages.
Some other government websites that were hacked in the Ohio include Karen Kasich, Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Casino Control Commission. Not only Ohio, the same message also hit the government websites in New York, Brookhaven including websites of Howard County, Maryland.
Earlier, the terror group also took the responsibility of similar hacks in Richland County, Wisconsin, and in places such as Aberdeen, Scotland, and Sweden.
One of the officials who confirmed the hacking was Tom Hoyt, who is chief communications officer for Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services.
He said, “All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites,” he said.
OH Dept of Corrections website right now, this is what you see. Wake up freedom-loving Americans. Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland. pic.twitter.com/dRll4aNiwQ
— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) June 25, 2017
According to him the hacking took place at around 11 in the morning and said the websites will start functioning by Monday.
Emmalee Kalmbach, spokeswoman for Mr Kasich issued a statement stating, “As soon as we were notified of the situation, we immediately began to correct it, and will continue to monitor until fully resolved”.