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Group claiming to be ISIS hacks Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts website

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(CNN/WITI) — The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts website was allegedly hacked by someone claiming to be affiliated with ISIS. And Wisconsin is not alone. Across the county, small business have been targeted by a group claiming to be ISIS. Their websites have been vandalized with the ISIS flag.

This was the front page of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts website Monday morning, March 9th.

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The owner of a West Hollywood custom furniture store says she got goosebumps when she logged onto her website and saw the this message, “Hacked by Islamic State: We Are Everywhere.”

“I don’t know what this message means. I don’t know if I should contact FBI. I don’t know what I should do,” store owner Olga Rechdouni said.

Olga says this is no joke.

Whoever did this is costing her potentially thousands of dollars in lost sales for a company she worked 20 years to build.

“Not only fearful and scared, but also I’m sure I’m going to lose tons of business, and then that’s scary,” Rechdouni.

The same message and music played on a small business sites hacked Saturday in St. Louis and Cincinnati. The Arabic writing was translated to “There is no God but God. Mohammed is the prophet of God.”

Olga’s web developer, Ray Galan, says he is working to resolve the issue.

“I think it’s quite disgusting,” Ray Galan said.

“With these kind of hacks, what you want to do is make sure that when you remove the files or the infected injection, you want to make sure it doesn’t come back,” Galan said.

Galan says he believes this is propaganda — no sensitive information has been compromised, but this is a reminder business owners should always back up their website and if this happens to you…

“Number one thing they should do is contact their hosting company, right away. Kind of figure out when this happened. Step number two, you want to contact your webmaster or the administrator who manages your site,” Galan said.

2 comments

  • Mr. Bob

    “I don’t know what this message means. I don’t know if I should contact FBI. I don’t know what I should do,” store owner Olga Rechdouni said.

    How about if you just secure your website Olga? Do you even have any type of internet security protection in place?? Oh yeah by the way, do you really believe this is the work of ISIS?? If so, I have some land in Florida I would like to sell to you…

  • Mel

    A quilting business! ? Really? Yeah ISIS I am sure EVERYONE is sooo disappointed with not being able to access their quilts…..this is an idiot hacker posing as ISIS. Idiots.

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