ISIS’ insidious reach is growing. The terrorist group has tendrils wrapped around populous American cities. Multiple government websites were hacked Sunday, their landing pages altered to show a sickening pro-ISIS message.
“You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries. I Love Islamic state,” the text read.
The website of Ohio Governor John Kasich was hacked first, followed by similar attacks on multiple county websites. The hackers are still at large.
“All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites,” Tom Hoyt, chief communications officer for Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services said. “We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened.”
The hack might have been perpetrated by a rebel intent on making a sick joke, but it’s also conceivable that the perpetrators had far more sinister motives. ISIS leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of America. The reason that President Trump’s much-maligned travel ban was concocted in the first place was to protect Americans from the threat of radical Islam. Trained Islamic militants are desperate to sneak into the West and wreak havoc.
“Wake up freedom-loving Americans. Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland,” Josh Mandel, the Ohio treasurer and a Republican candidate for Senate said on Twitter.
Unfortunately, he’s right. Evidence indicates that the terrorists are establishing small cells within America. The pro-ISIS message that was blaring from Governor Kasich’s website may soon be repeated all over the web.
Web specialists quickly deleted the offending messages, but it’s unclear how the hackers were able to gain access in the first place. It might have been a spearfishing attack, where a terrorist tricked a government employee into giving him restricted access. It might also have been a flaw within the websites themselves that left them exposed.
“Thank you to those of who noticed that the Howard County Government website may have been hacked,” Howard County spokesman Mark Miller told reporters after their site was compromised.
“Our IT team was alerted to the problem, has identified the issue and expects to have it resolved shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
The previous administration didn’t take ISIS seriously enough. Former President Barack Obama famously refused to even say radical Islam, despite the spate of bloody terrorist attacks that unfolded under his watch.
Trump, meanwhile, has made security one of the cornerstones of his administration. He’s willing to risk his political standing by championing controversial policies like the travel ban. Obviously, it’s incredibly dangerous to allow unrestricted travel from countries that we’re currently at war with. Yet the Democrats spent months blocking the ban by claiming racism.
“America, you have drowned, and there is no savior,” Islamic State spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer said in a recording posted on the terrorist group’s official social media channel.
“You have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the earth, you are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye. There is no more evidence than the fact that you are being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is. Die of spite America, die of spite. A nation where both young and old are racing to die in the name of God will not be defeated.”
America needs to stand strong. Years of Obama’s pro-Islam agenda has left the country stuffed with potential terrorists. Trump can only vet the people now coming to the states, he has almost no power to filter out the bad apples already residing here.