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Middle East Cyber Army claims Terrasse-Vaudreuil website hack

01/23/2015 07:54 EST | Updated 03/25/2015 05:59 EDT
The website for a small town on Île-Perrot has been hacked by someone claiming to be linked to Islamic extremists.

The homepage of the Terrasse-Vaudreuil municipality website boasts a message that reads:

"We are Muslims. Quran is our book. In Allah we trust. For Allah we work. SCREW YOU Charlie Hebdo."

It continues to praise the religion of Islam, ending with the hashtag #OPFRANCE.

The message is signed by a group calling itself the Middle East Cyber Army.

An easy hack?

It is not known who is actually responsible for the hack or why Terrasse-Vaudreuil, a town of around 2,000 people, was targeted.

Terry Cutler, a self-avowed ethical hacker, said Terrasse-Vaudreuil was probably just an easy hack.

"What they do is they go to Google, they run these special searches — 'Show me everybody in Canada running this specific version of the software of this website,'" Cutler said, adding that hackers then launch a script that hacks into all the sites.

He said it's likely just an attempt to find a platform to promote a certain message.

Terrasse-Vaudreuil mayor Michel Boudreau said early Friday morning that he was aware of the issue. The original website was restored shortly before 8 a.m.

In December, a town outside of Chicago was similarly hacked.

It is not clear whether the hacks are truly related.

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