Possible pro-ISIS hacking group targets Village of Mackinaw City website
MACKINAW CITY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) — The websites of several government agencies in the Midwest were hacked over the weekend by what appears to be a pro-ISIS group. One of the targets was right here in northern Michigan. A series of government websites in Ohio were targeted, and the Village of Mackinaw City’s website was hit as well.
Michigan State Police say it wasn’t the only place in Michigan. If you went of the Village of Mackinaw City Website on Sunday, you might have seen a message saying “Hacked By System Dz,” followed by “I Love Islamic state.”
Immediately, my village clerk went in to contact our IT company and they were made aware of it,” said Patrick Wyman, the village manager in Mackinaw City. “Turns out it was actually them that had been hacked, our IT company. It turns out the group “Team System Dz” may have been behind a series of other similar attacks.
In Ohio, Governor Kasich’s website, state offices of corrections and even casino websites were hit with similar messages. Some also criticized President Trump. Patrick Wyman said the hacking group was not able to take any compromising personal data; they just changed the face page.
Just the fact that our IT company was on it immediately upon being notified, they took care of the problem, within two to three hours and there was no access gained or any breaches of any personal information whatsoever, Wyman said.
Experts say it is not clear whether or not “Team System Dz” is actually affiliated with ISIS. We spoke with Shawn Henry, the chief security officer of the security technology company, CrowdStrike and asked what would motivate a group like this.
We have historically seen groups associated with various terrorist organizations doing website defacements, the type of actions that try to gain visibility and notoriety for their group.” Henry said. “They use these types of attacks in terms of that visibility to allow them to do more recruiting, to get more media coverage, so that they can raise funds.
Henry, also a retired executive assistant director for the FBI, says groups like this might not have been specifically targeting these websites.
Just find a particular kind of exploit, or a vulnerability rather, and search the web for all sites that exhibit that vulnerability, which allows them to get in and cause this type of disruption, Henry said.
The Michigan State Police did confirm that this also happened in some other places in Michigan over the weekend, however they would not share which ones.
Cyber security experts at the Michigan State Police said this particular group has target hundreds of websites worldwide in the past couple of months.
BOWIE, MD Beltway shooter Eulalio Tordil pleaded guilty Monday to the May 2016 murder of his estranged wife outside a Beltsville high school, according to reports. The murder of Gladys Tordil was the beginning of a string of shootings that in total killed three people and injured three others, police say. The guilty plea was entered in Prince George s County Circuit Court by Tordil, 63, of Boyds, a former federal security officer who gunned down his wife, a teacher, as she waited for her daughters in a High Point High School parking lot May 5, 2016. She had received a protective order that forbid her husband from coming near her Prince George’s County home, workplace or children. Police say Eulalio Tordil shot his estranged wife May 5, 2016, before turning the gun on a Good Samaritan who had, moments earlier, noticed the couple struggling and asked Gladys Tordil if everything was OK. Gladys Tordil was a chemistry teacher at Parkdale High School in Riverdale.
Investigators say Eulalio Tordil followed his wife to High Point High School, got out of his car and confronted Gladys Tordil as she sat in her vehicle.
I m her husband, he told the bystander before the shooting began.
The protective order says that Eulalio who had a black belt in the martial art of aikido — slapped, shoved, and raped his wife. He also forced the two girls into rigorous discipline that included numerous push-ups and putting them in “detention” in closets, the mother told the judge, according to court papers.
The day after Tordil murdered his wife, he shot three people at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, then shot and killed one woman at Giant Foods in Silver Spring.
Carl Unger was at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda on May 6, 2016, to have lunch with his friend, Malcom Winffel, 45, of Boyds. Both men were shot when they tried to help a woman whose car Tordil was trying to steal, police said.
“He looked dead at us and was smiling before he started shooting,” Unger told NBC Washington. The carjacking victim outside the Macy s store ran between Unger and Winffel, which is when Tordil began to fire his handgun. Unger was shot four times: Once in the shoulder, twice in the back and once in the foot. He suffered a collapsed lung as a result of one of the bullets in his back and still has a bullet in his shoulder, according to his family. Tordil was accused of the fatal shootings of Winffel and Claudina Modina, 65, of Montgomery County. Modina, a nurse, was shot in a second failed carjacking attempt at the Giant store in Silver Spring, authorities say.
Tordil pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in Montgomery County in April. Tordil, a former Federal Protective Service officer, had been depressed after being suspended from work, the result of complaints filed by his wife when she sought a protective order from the spouse she said had beaten and raped her for years. Eulalio Tordil told a colleague he planned to run his car off a bridge, according to prosecutors. Tordil’s plea deal calls for a sentence of life in prison without parole, WTOP reports. He will be sentenced in Montgomery County July 7.
Photo of shooting suspect Eulalio Tordil courtesy of Montgomery County Police; photo of Gladys Tordil used with permission of Eric Paviat
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Originally published June 26, 2017.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Personal health information for 1,708 Ohio residents who have health insurance through Aetna was exposed online, Aetna Inc. said in a statement Friday. The protected information was “inappropriately available online for a period of time,” the company’s statement said.
“The information available online generally included first name, last name, Aetna member identification number, provider information, claim payment amount, and in some cases procedure/service codes and dates of service.
“There are no instances of Social Security numbers or bank account or credit card information being involved,” the statement said. The company said it is sending letters explaining the situation to affected plan sponsors and individuals, and will have a toll-free number for affected individuals to call with questions.
Aetna said it confirmed in May that a privacy breach had occurred “involving two computer services that display documents to members.” The company said it subsequently took steps to block search engines from displaying information from the documents.
“At this time, we are not aware of any misuse of the information made available online as a result of this incident,” Jim Routh, chief security officer for Aetna, said in the company’s statement.
Aetna has more than 750,000 members in Ohio, according to the company’s website.