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Ohio Websites Hacked With Pro-ISIS Message

Governor's website played call to prayer
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2017 3:42 AM CDT
Ohio State Websites Hacked With Pro-ISIS Message
This message was posted on the website of Gov. Kasich and other Ohio websites.   (

Ohio Gov. John Kasich does not love the Islamic State and does not intend to hold President Trump accountable "for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries," but that's the message that greeted visitors to his website Sunday. The Republican governor's website was among numerous Ohio state sites hacked over the weekend by a group calling itself Team System DZ, the BBC reports. Kasich's website was back to normal later Sunday, as was that of the Ohio Department of Medicaid, though others, including the websites of Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich and the Ohio Department of Corrections, were still down for maintenance early Monday.

The governor's hacked website displayed the pro-ISIS message on a black background as the Muslim call to prayer played, CNN reports. "All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites," Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for Ohio's Department of Administrative Services, said in a statement, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. He said law enforcement is also investigating. The hack should be a wake-up call for "freedom-loving Americans," tweeted state treasurer Josh Mandel. "Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland." (Cyber-sleuths warn that President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate and other properties would be easy targets for hackers.)

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