Spokane

Hacker group with ISIS ties takes over winery website

Hacker group with ISIS ties takes over winery website

SPOKANE, Wash. - A hacker group with ties to ISIS has hacked a local winery's website.

The Latah Creek Winery website was hacked by a group that calls itself "Team System DZ," which has taken over more than 200 websites across the world in recent weeks, including the township website for Lancaster, PA. and a high school website in Providence, R.I. in the last week.

"The website locked up and an ISIS screen came on," Mike Conway, owner of Latah Creek Wine Cellars.

Conway said the strongly worded message came as a shock.

"It brought home the fact that this is something that is real in the world and not going away," Conway said.

BHW1, the Spokane ad agency that built the Latah Creek site, was also hacked by Team System DZ.

The winery's web page displayed a message that read "I love Muslim & I love Jihad I love ISIS <3."

The hacker attack goes on to say that ISIS will restore dignity for Muslims, "purge the land of the Muslims from the hypocrites infidels" and, also, "F*** USA & Israel."

Conway said Friday afternoon his daughter noticed the attack earlier in the day.

"It is scary," Conway said. "I never from the beginning thought that it was something targeting us specifically because there is no reason that they would have, and looking at it farther this is something actually happening on a national basis."

Conway is now working with the FBI to find out the cause of the hack.

"It's kind of a work in progress at this point, all we know is it's back up and running," Conway said.

Both the BHW1 and Latah Creek Winery websites were back online shortly after 5 p.m.

As of now, Conway believes the route the hackers used was through the website software platform they operate their website through, because their ad agency, BHW1, uses the same platform and were hacked too.

"This is an issue that's not going away, we need to be vigilant and if we see something like this report it! Don't just think it's normal course of business because you know this may lead to someone else being able to find something," Conway said.  

The investigation into the cause is ongoing.


LOCAL AND REGIONAL NEWS

THIS WEEK'S CIRCULARS