Turkish Hacker Hit Trump Website

'Do not be like those who forget Allah,' message said
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2021 5:25 PM CDT
Turkish 'Hacktivists' Deface Trump Site
Former President Donald Trump speaks during his Save America rally in Perry, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.   (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

The "action" section of Donald Trump's website carried an unusual message in English and Turkish on Monday: "Do not be like those who forget Allah, so Allah made them forget themselves. Here they really went astray." The page had been defaced by Turkish hacktivist group RootAyyildiz, which left links to its Facebook and Instagram pages, Newsweek reports. A nationalist video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also embedded. The site was back to normal by late Monday morning, reports the New York Daily News.

A spokesperson for the group told Motherboard in a Facebook message Monday that it used the "Server Side Template Injection" to deface the page. "There are many areas of hacking attacks, for example, hacking social media accounts or websites, I am a hacktivist and I have been working on websites for a long time and I choose this management to have my voice heard," said the spokesperson, who claimed to have had control of that part of the Trump site for months. The group has claimed responsibility for other cyberattacks, including another Trump hack in October last year and one that hit a Biden-Harris campaign website last November, Newsweek notes. The Biden page was changed to show a Turkish flag and an image of Ottoman Empire sultan Abdul Hamid II. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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