Government websites for the state of Ohio were the latest targets of a pro-ISIL group's online activities. Several websites were hacked into and defaced to show a pro-ISIL message, including a warning to Donald Trump, the US President. The state is currently investigating how the hackers were able to get into their systems to deface the websites.
The hackers, who go by the name Team System Dz, wrote the following message on the website underneath the Daesh logo:
“You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.”
The websites affected by the hack included the Ohio Governor John Kasich’s office, the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Office of Health Transformation, the Ohio Inspector General’s website and the Ohio Dept. of Medicaid.
The spokesperson for the governor’s office and the Ohio Dept. of Administrative Service both issued statements about the incident, the governors office said:
“As soon as we were notified of the situation we immediately began to correct it and will continue to monitor until fully resolved.”
The latter’s statement read:
“We are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites. We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened.”
Short of carrying out a physical terror attack on civilian populations, hacking websites has become one of Jihadist's favourite means of attacking countries or entities, with many examples to show for it.
Editors note: This article was updated to reflect that the hackers are pro-ISIL and not Daesh.