Ohio government websites hacked with pro-Islamic State rant

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel first tweeted about the hacks late Sunday morning.

Several official OH government websites were hacked and filled with pro-Islamic State propaganda Sunday morning.

The message said President Donald Trump "will be held accountable" for "every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries". It includes the phrase "I Love Islamic state".

According to USA Today, the hacker group Team System Dz, composed of "anti-Israeli Arab teenagers", previously struck the official website for Wight County, Virginia back in January.

The same pro-ISIS message, accompanied by music, were also shown on Sunday on the website of Brookhaven, a town on New York's Long Island about 80 kilometres from Manhattan, the New York Post reported.

"All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites", he said. "We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened".

Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball said the county should evaluate its IT infrastructure for vulnerabilities to ensure such hacks aren't repeated. He hoped the websites would be up and running sometime Monday.

News 5 has reached out to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for comment but have not yet heard back.

The hack is part of ongoing cyberterrorism that has impacted governments and corporations across the globe.

Republican Gov. John Kasich's office confirmed they were aware of the hack Sunday.

Howard County Government posted a statement on Facebook, acknowledging the problem and saying "Our IT team was alerted to the problem, has identified the issue and expects to have it resolved shortly. Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland", Josh Mandel, the OH treasurer and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said in a tweet Sunday.

  • Larry Hoffman