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Hackers redirect 800 school websites to pro-ISIS video, Saddam Hussein photo

November 07, 2017

About 800 school websites across four states were reportedly hacked over the weekend and redirected to a page that contained a picture of Saddam Hussein and an unknown message, as well as a pro-ISIS video.

The Associated Press reported that the hackers temporarily redirected “hundreds of local school web pages across the U.S. to a video in support of the ISIS terrorist group.”

The redirect page is reportedly black, and it says “Hacked By Team System Dz” at the top; there is a message that pops up above the photo of Hussein.

School websites hacked (Twitter)

School websites affected were in Tucson, Arizona; Newtown, Connecticut; Gloucester County, Virginia; and Bloomfield, New Jersey, the AP reported.

School websites hacked (Facebook)

The FBI is investigating and trying to determine who is behind the hack. No student or teacher information was compromised.

“SchoolDesk, the Atlanta-based company that maintains the site, said in a statement that technicians discovered a small file was injected into the root of one of its websites,” the AP reported. “That redirected approximately 800 school and district web pages to a YouTube video containing an audible Arabic message, unknown writing and a picture of Saddam Hussein.”

“It looked like it was some sort of ISIS recruitment or support video,” SchoolDesk founder Rob Freierson told, the AP reported.

“SchoolDesk’s statement said the hack also affected other organizations, including private and government websites. The company has added more protections and is requiring users of its websites to reset their passwords,” the AP reported.