Jul 28, 2014

Sag Harbor Village Notifies FBI about Government Website Hacking

Police chief says that no sensitive information was accessed.

Sag Harbor Village Notifies FBI about Government Website Hacking

Sag Harbor Village police have notified federal authorities, as well as the county, to investigate the  hacking of the village government's website on the eve of the 12th anniversary of 9/11. 

The "Web Soldiers Team from the Islamic Electronic Army," linked to Al Qaeda, were allegedly were behind the incident, according to  The Sag Harbor Express, which first reported the story

If you visited the  village website during the half-hour window, you saw a six-minute video featuring Osama Bin Laden was playing. 

Police Chief Thomas Fabiano said that police notified agencies better equipped to handle such investigations, including the FBI and the Suffolk County Police Department's Computer Crimes unit. 

"From what I understand, there are these groups that do this all the time. How they do it? I have no idea. Everybody's looking into it," Fabiano said. 

The website for the  East End Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center in Riverhead was also hijacked on Tuesday.

The police chief said that IT officials don't believe the people responsible had accessed any sensitive information. 

Though it was only up there briefly, the village's website was not fully functioning on Tuesday, though it appears to be working completely on Wednesday.

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