Ohio Governor’s website and other state sites were hacked by pro-ISIS group
Technicians had been working to clean up similar breaches to Ohio state websitesGovernor Kasich/ governor.ohio.gov
A pro-Islamic State hacking group by the name of “Team System Dz” breached the website of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and other state sites, on Sunday and displayed what appeared to be pro-Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda.
Numerous other Ohio state websites, to include Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich’s website and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website, were also hacked.
The state-run website, governor.ohio.gov, was changed from its usual scrolling images of Kasich greeting constituents and going about professional business to that of an all black background with Arabic symbols, and the Islamic call to prayer repeating in the background.
Various pro-ISIS messages were reportedly found on the pages, such as “I Love Islamic state.”
The group even reportedly took a stab at the current presidential administration, saying “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.”
Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, said in a statement on Sunday that IT staff were aware of the hack and were diligently working to resolve the issue.
They had been working to fix another hack that had occurred on the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) website when they were alerted to issues with the governor’s website.
“All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites,” Hoyt said in a statement. “We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened.”