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Hackers Put Up Pro-ISIS Message On L.A. County Supervisors Website

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A group of hackers put up an apparently pro-ISIS message on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors website on Tuesday, reports City News Service.

As shown in a screenshot taken by SCVTV, a Santa Clarita Valley public television channel, the website was given a black background, with a winged logo at the top that includes the group name "Team System DZ." An 18-line message said, "You will be held accountable Trump/you and all your people/for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim/countries." It went on to say that, "the Arab rulers do not represent Islam nor/the platform of the true Muslim," adding that, "The true Muslim will be held accountable for killing his Muslim brothers."

Team System DZ, which has its own Facebook page, was also apparently responsible for hacks that happened at other government websites earlier this week. As noted at CNN, the group posted a similar message to the websites of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Maryland County, this time with the text, "I Love Islamic State" added towards the end. CBS News reports that government websites for Brookhaven, New York and Howard County, Maryland were also targeted earlier this week.

It's not clear to what extent the group is affiliated with ISIS. According to Ars Technica, Team System DZ is regarded as a pro-Islamic state "hacktivist" group whose Twitter has been suspended multiple times for tweeting pro-ISIS propaganda. According to The Cryptosphere, a blog about cyber security, Team System DZ was also responsible for a series of hacks in 2014 that took over 200 websites around the world. According to CBS the group had claimed responsibility for hacks in Scotland and Sweden.

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“We are working with our IT security professionals to determine the cause and correct the problem as soon as possible," Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Kathryn Barger, told SCVTV. Another county spokesman told City News Service that there's no breach of data, and that no personal information was compromised.

LAist reached out to both the FBI and the Executive Office of the L.A. Board of Supervisors, but have not heard back at time of publication.