The government websites of Ohio, Maryland, and New York were hacked by ISIS Sunday, displaying an eerie message “I love Islamic State” while Muslim music played in the background.
Those who typed in governor.ohio.gov Sunday morning were directed to a black screen with the message: “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.” The Islamic call to prayer played in the background.
The hackers identified themselves as a group called Team System DZ, displayed at the top of their message, and are clearly affiliated with ISIS.
Ohio officials got the site back up and running Monday, after a team of John Kasich’s staff, who were working on the state Corrections website when the attack occurred, were alerted to the hack.
According to Tom Hoyt, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, they are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
State Treasurer Josh Mandel posted about the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website on Facebook. “Wake up freedom-loving Americans,” he said. “Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland.”
In Howard County, Maryland whose website was also hacked, officials are certain no personal information or state data was obtained by the hackers.
“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.”
Officials in Brookhaven, New York, the third website hacked, state no data was taken but are still working to get the site back online according to Jack Krieger, Brookhaven communications director.
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