The hackers claim their mission is “to destroy the Israeli network and preserve the internet for the Palestinians facing persecution by the Israeli government.”
Suburban Editor-In-Chief Beryl Wajsman called the police immediately and told Global News that even though they’re not surprised by the threats, they aren’t taking any chances.
“We get death threats all the time,” he said.
“It doesn’t bother us, neither do these but this one looked professionally done so we reported it.”
Last September, he received a message stating he “would be made into soap.”
“Whenever you advocate a position and whenever you don’t engage in moral relativism, you’re going to get push back.”
Investigators spent the morning looking into the attack and trying to determine where it may have come from.
The supposed radical Islamist group calls itself Laakel-En-Person and has hacked multiple websites around the world.
Internet security expert, Terry Cutler explains that tracking these type of hacks is nearly impossible.
“A lot of the times these attackers go through a proxy system, they can be coming in from Ontario and make it look like they’re coming from Pakistan,” he said.
“It’s like breaking into a house and on the way out vacuuming their footprints.”
He mentions that it looks like the same kind of attack made on the Terrasse-Vaudreuil town website.
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The Surburban website has since been restored to normal.
The newspaper’s employees insist despite the many threats they receive, they don’t plan on changing the way they do things.
“We’re not changing the way we work or the positions we take.”
© Shaw Media, 2015
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.