ISIS Hackers Take Over Local Healthcare Website; the company tries to assure patients that their information is safe
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KROTONA, NY (PIX11) – It’s a danger that could affect anyone with an Internet connection, and it’s courtesy of the terrorist group ISIS. Hundreds of people in the tri-state who logged into their health care provider’s website Thursday night and Friday suffered a very unhealthy shock. An ISIS support group had hacked, leaving many people concerned about the security of their personal information.
When they browsed through the Westchester Health website, they ended up with a webpage proudly stating that the site they were looking for was not only hacked, but was made by a hacker whose hacked site was displaying fine prominently the flag of the terrorist group ISIS. , and even said “I love you ISIS”. It all came from an entity called the Moroccan Revolutionary Team.
âIt’s very disturbing,â said Manuel Gomez, a former Navy sergeant, NYPD and FBI agent Manuel Gomez, who is now an attorney who founded MG Security Services, a security company in which he is a expert in cybercrime and terrorism.
“Cybercrime is the number two threat” the FBI is investigating internationally, Gomez said, adding that the number one threat is terrorism. âIt has to do with terrorism,â Gomez said of the hack.
He also said it had “never been seen before” where a local health care provider’s website had been hacked by an ISIS-related or sympathetic entity.
In fact, Westchester Health itself agreed with him that the cyberattack was a serious threat. He has now restored his website http://www.westchesterhealth.com to its normal configuration, but only after viewing the Moroccan Revolution Team home page for sixteen hours.
Westchester Health President and CEO Peter Mercurio, MD said the company homepage is strictly a marketing site and patients’ personal information can only be accessed by clicking on a portal. password protected.
“When [patients] went to the website, before they could even access the portal, they got to the information [PIX11 News] got â- the hacked page of the Moroccan Revolutionary Team.
âI’m annoyed that this continues,â Mercurio said of the hacking in general and on his company’s website. âI care about the well-being of our patients. To this I can say that no damage has been done.
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