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Website of Bellevue City Hacked


An unidentified group which is sympathetic to the Islamic State group hacked the home page of the City of Bellevue on Monday. Since then, the site has been restored after it was taken down for a short duration of time.

Joe Mangiamelli, City administrator, told KETV NewsWatch 7 that the city first came to know about the hack at around 2.30 p.m. and officials were working with its web hosting firm to shut down the site and deactivate the disruption. The hacker, known as Team System DZ, has posted messages just like the one on the website of Bellevue on other municipal websites.


Website of The City of Bellevue, http://www.bellevue.net/, was swapped with the message "I love Islamic State" and "Hacked By team System Dz." 1011now.com posted on July 3rd, 2017, stating that IT department of the city worked quickly to get the picture down and replace it with an "under construction" message till the site became normal.


Mangiamelli confirmed that they have contacted the FBI for investigating the hacking. As per news reports, Team System DZ has also hacked other government websites. Team System DZ seems to have hacked the government sites in Ohio including the site of the governor in June. According to news reports, that hack seems to have also affected government sites in Maryland, New York, South Africa and Louisiana.


Other hacks have also announced in their threat by stating: "You will be held responsible Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries." The FBI said that it has not been able to find the source of the hacking or whether Team System DZ has any association with the Islamic State group.


The city of Bellevue confirmed that it has not received any threats and was not taking any further security precautions. In the past, the group also claimed responsibility for similar kind of hacks in Richland County, Wisconsin and in places like Scotland, Sweden and Aberdeen.


The hack is part of current cyberterrorism which has affected corporations and governments all over the world.


Creators of the website Cryptosphere, which tracks hackers all over the world, have detailed dozens, if not hundreds, of alike hacks in recent years by Team System DZ which they called a "pro-ISIS hacker crew" apparently based in Algeria.

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