Hackers Swap Bloomfield School District’s Website For ISIS Propaganda

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The FBI is investigating how a school website in New Jersey was hacked.

It’s one of hundreds nationwide that was plastered with messages supporting ISIS.

As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported, anyone logging onto Bloomfield schools’ website Monday morning, found pro-terrorist messages.

The district said for about two hours, a hacker sent visitors to an ISIS sponsored YouTube video with Arabic audio and Saddam Hussein’s picture. There was also text reading ‘I love Islamic State.’

“Ya know, perked our ears up. We all took it seriously,” teacher Allyson Cunningham said.

Parents and students were alarmed.

“Kids were talking about it this morning that it was all over Snapchat and it’s really frightening,” Susan Nucci said.

The district’s website is hosted by schooldesk.net. The owner said some 800 school districts nationwide, including Newtown, Connecticut, were also hacked.

All of them are connected to a server in Georgia.

He told CBS2 the company is working with the FBI and they have hired an outside security firm.

“It’s upsetting to us and we’ve been running this business for 17 years and we’ve never had any sort of incident even remotely like this,” Rob Frierson, owner, School Desk said.

School officials in Bloomfield haven’t been able to get on their own website in the last 24 hours. The owner of School Desk told CBS2 they’ve restricted access while they investigate.

“You always think it happens somewhere else and now it’s hitting home,” Nicole Tierney said.

“I’m not surprised in the time we’re living in now, we just need more checks and balances to make sure, basically in this kind of school district to make sure it doesn’t happen,” Lysinda Smith said.

School officials said no confidential student or staff data was compromised. Their sense of security, however, may not be the same.

The host site, School Desk, said they’re handing over copies of their servers to the FBI to help in the investigation.

 

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