According to police in Prince Albert, Sask., their website has been hacked by alleged supporters of the Islamic State militants.
The police force’s website was completely altered Wednesday morning, to show a black screen with the message: “Hacked by Team System Dz. I Love Islamic state,” with a non-English language audio track playing in the background.
The hack was found at 10 am Wednesday morning and was promptly taken down. The police force’s IT department is currently working to bring the website fully back online. Officers are quick to note that the hack didn’t jeopardize any sensitive data or police operations.
“This incident serves as a reminder to the public that agencies and individuals can be vulnerable and if they receive questionable e-mails or content on their computer or device to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or their internet service provider,” said Prince Albert Deputy Chief Jeff Rowden in a Facebook post.
Sgt. Travis Willie wrote on Facebook that this kind of cyberattack has never happened to the Prince Albert police before, and the force is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Team System Dz has claimed responsibility for a number of recent cyber-attacks including one Monday, on the sites of more than 800 schools in the U.S.
In June, the group hacked government websites in Maryland, Ohio and New York.
Read the full story over at CTV News.
This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.