Thursday, 29 June 2017

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The Calaveras County website was reportedly hacked Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said the site, which houses resources for the county, was attacked during the “early morning hours.” He said regular county content on the site was no longer there. Unauthorized information was added. The attack also included “disturbing images” he declined to specify.

“They removed our website and added a different link,” Eberhardt said.


Eberhardt said an investigation is ongoing to determine who is responsible for the attack, something he said was a felony crime on local, state and federal levels.

An internet search revealed an entity named “Team System Dz” has taken responsibility for the attack.

The county is in the process of restoring the site, a news release from the sheriff's office said. Eberhardt did not know when it would be functional again.

Calaveras County is just the latest victim in a string of hacks by “Team System Dz” of government agency websites.

CBSNews reported on Sunday that government websites in Ohio were hacked with messages that showed support for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The message that was strung across Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s website read “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing In Muslim countries.”

Government websites in New York also received similar messages, as well as websites in Maryland. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also experienced a pro-ISIS message on their county website Wednesday morning. The hack was attributed to Team System Dz.

The hacks have been a part of an ongoing cyber-terrorism plot against governments across the globe. Groups in Scotland and Sweden have also experienced attacks by the group.

The hacks – which are referred to as “defacement” – seek to circumvent the everyday work of government employees by forcing the suspension of government websites.

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