Hackers route schools to Islamic State video

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Hackers temporarily took control of propagandize and other websites

Some 800 schools opposite a US have been targeted by hackers and their websites redirected to an Islamic State-sponsored YouTube video.

The attack, that lasted a few hours, influenced schools in Arizona, Connecticut, Virginia and New Jersey.

The hack, that also influenced private companies and supervision websites, is being investigated by a FBI.

All a websites are run by SchoolDesk. The Atlanta-based association is advising administrators to change passwords.

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It pronounced in a matter that “it immediately responded” when a technicians had found a tiny record injected into a base of one of a websites that redirected “to a YouTube video containing an heard Arabic summary and a pattern of Saddam Hussein”.

“Although a accurate process and indicate of penetration is not nonetheless entirely famous (possibly an SQL injection or by a user comment with a diseased password), we have combined mixed layers of surplus insurance to forestall this from function again,” it said.

On a website, Bloomfield School District, in New Jersey, pronounced that a inner mechanism and information systems within a district “were totally unaffected”.

Mark James, a dilettante during confidence association ESET, said: “In this case, gaining entrance to change or plant a brute record that redirects users to areas of your pattern is about as elementary as it gets – tiny footprint, no intensity warning signs and out before anyone notices – though a formula are as bad as they get.”