May 22, 2018

Ohio government websites hacked with pro-Islamic State rant

26 June 2017, 02:38 | Guillermo Sutton

The website of Ohio Governor John Kasich apparently was hacked on Sunday (June 25) with a posting professing love for the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) extremist group.

Visitors to were greeted with a black background and an Arabic symbol while an Islamic call to prayer played in the background.

Kasich's website says it is not "down for maintenance".

"As soon as we were notified of the situation we immediately began to correct it and will continue to monitor until fully resolved".

Several other government websites were hacked in Ohio, including that of first lady Karen Kasich, Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Casino Control Commission.

Tom Hoyt, chief communications officer for Ohio's Department of Administrative Services, confirmed the hacking in OH happened at around 11 a.m. Sunday. He hoped the websites would be up and running sometime Monday.

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According to VICE, Team System DZ has hacked numerous random websites, including the University of New Brunswick's student union site and a Canadian food truck's sandwich site.

"All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites", he said.

Kasich's staff said Sunday that they were aware of the hack and working to resolve the issue. "We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened".

The group has also claimed responsibility for hackings at the Richland County Sheriff in Wisconsin and the Aberdeen City Council in Scotland.

In a Facebook post, Ohio Treasurer John Mandel said: "OH Dept of Corrections website right now, this is what you see".

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