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Hundreds of school websites hacked to show pro-Islamic State message

Posted at 1:14 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 13:14:50-05

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- The FBI is investigating after the company that hosts hundreds of school district websites across the U.S. was hacked to display a message in support of the Islamic State.

In New Jersey, the Bloomfield school district says the website displayed the IS video for about two hours Monday before it was taken down.

SchoolDesk, the Atlanta-based company that maintains the sites, said in a statement that technicians discovered a small file was injected into the root of one of its websites. That redirected approximately 800 school and district websites to a YouTube page containing an audible Arabic message, unknown writing and a picture of Saddam Hussein.

The company says it has added more protections.

School websites for Tucson, Arizona; Newtown, Connecticut; and Gloucester County, Virginia, were among those hijacked.