St Vincent Opposition casts doubts on ISIS hacking gov’t website

St Vincent Opposition casts doubts on ISIS hacking gov’t website

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace is casting doubt on the possibility that the Islamist rebel group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had been able to hack the official website of the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

"I heard that the government website was hacked by ISIS but I don't believe that. I don't believe ISIS hacked any website. Somebody pointed out to me that same picture was on Facebook not too long ago, so something was done here.

"That's my belief. There are others who might have more information than I have, but that's the information I have," Eustace told listeners to his weekly radio programme.

Visitors to the website over the weekend were greeted by a message saying "Hacked By Moroccanwolf -- Islamic State" and a photo of a man firing a machine gun from the back of a pick-up truck.

A message appearing on the website says US and NATO Forces are involved in "Organised butchery of Human race since it's (sic) inception".

Internet consultant Ayodele Pompey in a post on LinkedIn on Monday said, "understandably, there is a bit of panic as persons are not sure what is affected and how this breach of 'national security' will affect the country or their own systems".

Pompey, however, expressed doubt that Islamic State had in fact hacked the website.

"It is very highly unlikely that ISIS targeted St Vincent and the Grenadines (you can wipe the sweat from your forehead). The hacker is most likely what we call a script kiddie. These are young upcoming hackers who just hack for fun and fame," Pompey said.

The government is yet to comment on the development, but a government spokesman told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Monday night that officials were discussing the development and would issue a statement "soon".

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