Cyber expert says website hacks probably not ISIS

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – If it didn’t make sense to you that Eldora Speedway’s website was hacked by ISIS, join the club.

“Hacked by Islamic State” and “We are Everywhere.”

Those were the words plastered on Eldora Speedway’s website Saturday.
It was enough to get the attention of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and FBI.

And then the same message started appearing several times across the world.
One was was found on a rape crisis pregnancy center’s website in Ireland, another on the Montgomery Inn’s website in Cincinnati.

To University of Dayton’s Cyber Security expert David Salisbury, the randomness of these cyber attacks says something.7

“What I would actually say is it’s some kids having some fun and the sites that have been hit are somewhat random,” said David Salisbury.

Salisbury said it’s not impossible ISIS is behind the messages but it’s more likely a random hacker who saw an opening.

But if that’s the case, why did they pick ISIS to copy? Simply put..it’s popular right now.

“ISIS right now has a pretty good brand identity, so if you associate with that it gets people’s attention”

Salisbury said software providers write a lot of code for these websites and sometimes there are areas that can get hacked and written over.

When that happens, typically the providers send out “patches” or ways to fix them.

But when they alert the customer, they’re also alerting the hackers. If the fix is not made right away, you can end up with a problem.

“This is a game of cat and mouse and every now and then the mouse gets away,” said Salisbury.

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