Middle East Cyber Army claims Terrasse-Vaudreuil website hack

By January 23, 2015Media, TV Media


CBC Montreal

Published Friday, January 23, 2015 11:37AM EST

Small Quebec community website hack possibly linked to Islamic extremists.

The homepage of the Terrasse-Vaudreuil municipality website boasts a message that reads:

“We are Muslims. Quran is our book. In Allah we trust. For Allah we work. SCREW YOU Charlie Hebdo.”

It continues to praise the religion of Islam, ending with the hashtag #OPFRANCE.

The message is signed by a group calling itself the Middle East Cyber Army.

An easy hack?

It is not known who is actually responsible for the hack or why Terrasse-Vaudreuil, a town of around 2,000, was targeted.

Terry Cutler, a self-avowed ethical hacker, said Terrasse-Vaudreuil was probably just an easy hack.

“What they do is they go to Google, they run these special searches — ‘Show me everybody in Canada running this specific version of the software of this website,'” Cutler said, adding that hackers then launch a script that hacks into all the sites.

He said it’s likely just an attempt to find a platform to promote a certain message.

Terrasse-Vaudreuil Mayor Michel Boudreau said early Friday morning that he was aware of the issue. The original website was restored shortly before 8 a.m. ET.

In December, a town outside Chicago was similarly hacked.

It is not clear whether the hacks are truly related.

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I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Insider Secrets from an Ethical Hacker on Internet Safety …That’s a system that’s been used to help defend corporations and individuals from cyber threats.
 
I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.
 
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I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Insider Secrets from an Ethical Hacker on Internet Safety …That’s a system that’s been used to help defend corporations and individuals from cyber threats.   I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.   I’m also a frequent contributor to National & Global media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.

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