Ohio Government Websites Pwned…. Pro IS Messages Displayed

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that heads are about to roll over this…. If they already haven’t. I say that because according to many outlets including Bloomberg, numerous Ohio Government website have been pwned by hackers who defaced the websites with messages purported to be from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State or IS:

Ten state websites and two servers were affected, and they’ve been taken off line for an investigation with law enforcement into how the hackers were able to deface them, said Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

The Ohio governor’s website wasn’t loading on Sunday afternoon, and a cached version showed the message “hacked by Team System Dz.’’ It said, “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries’’ and added, “I love the Islamic state.”

Lovely. But I’m really not focused on whomever did this. The real question is why in 2017 was anyone actually able to do this? Website defacement isn’t new. Neither is how to defend against this sort of thing. Take these suggestions, or these suggestions for example. I’m sure as I am typing this there is a root cause analysis going on to figure out how these hackers got in, and who they are. The public will likely never see it, but it’s a safe bet that if someone in the IT department in Ohio screwed something up or missed something, they may be mass e-mailing their CV to find a new job in short order.

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