Barrie church, high school websites hacked with pro-ISIS messages
Paul Johnston, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, November 4, 2014 3:29PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 4, 2014 6:54PM EST
At least two Barrie area websites were hacked with messages supporting the Islamic State this week, local police say.
According to police, the first message appeared on the website of the Unity Christian High School Sunday afternoon.
Images of war, casualties of fighting and ISIS propaganda imagery were posted on the website, Barrie police Sgt. Michael Ritchie said.
The second incident occurred on the Inniswood Baptist Church website Monday afternoon.
A logo, appearing to be that of the Islamic State, was displayed along with text reading “I love you ISIS.”
A message calling for the destruction of America was also posted, accompanied by images of fighter jets and victims of violent attacks.
The message credited the hack to Team Systems DZ. The site was back to normal late Monday afternoon.
Thirty to 40 of these types of attacks are being reported daily across Canada, Ritchie said, adding that there seems to be no discernible pattern for how websites are being targeted.
There is currently no direct threat, he said.
Police are reminding website owners to review security protocols, including firewalls, to try and limit potential vulnerabilities to hackers.