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Ohio government websites hacked with pro-Islamic State rant

26 June 2017

Several Ohio government websites were apparently hacked Sunday to broadcast an anti-government message.

A number of other sites were affected, including those of Ohio's First Lady Karen Kasich, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the Ohio Office of Health Transformation, the Ohio Inspector General and the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

"You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing from Muslim countries", read the message on governor.ohio.gov's homepage, which also carried a black background and the message, "I love Islamic state".

The hacked page, which surfaced on Sunday afternoon and was quickly taken down, said it was "Hacked By Team System Dz".

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel posted a screenshot of one of the hacked pages on Facebook.

Some see these types of hacks - sometimes called "defacement" - as simply a nuisance, though in some instances, they have been disruptive to work and government life.

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Analysts have accused President Donald Trump's administration of sending mixed signals, exacerbating the rift. All of the nations involved are US allies, and Qatar and Bahrain host large USA military bases.

ODRC spokeswoman JoEllen Smith released a statement saying that her agency was aware of the hack. "Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland".

Kasich's staff said it was aware of the hack and is working to resolve the issue, CNN reported.

'A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine how this occurred and how it can be prevented in the future'.

The hacking was carried out by a group calling itself Team System DZ.

In March 2015, the Wisconsin State Journal reported that the group claimed it hacked the Richland County Sheriff's Office's website and others by splattering pro-jihadi messages.

The same message also infiltrated government websites in the town of Brookhaven, New York, as well as the website for Howard County, Maryland.

Ohio government websites hacked with pro-Islamic State rant