The websites of a Riverhead animal hospital and the Sag Harbor village government were defaced Tuesday by a hacker who covered one homepage with a video of Osama Bin Laden and another with messages about Islam.
The East End Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center’s website was hacked about 12:30 p.m., according to a web cache of the site.
The hacked site displayed text that said the page had been defaced by Web-Soldiers, which claims to be a “free, safe, and legal training ground” for hackers.
The hacker, who claimed to be with the “Islamic Electronic Army” or “AlQaeda Army,” wrote that he was “very sorry” to have hacked the hospital’s homepage and posted a block of text urging readers to convert to Islam, ending the message with “peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.”
The Sag Harbor village’s website was also hacked, and displayed a video of Osama Bin Laden with a post stating that Muslims will “destroy you, your life, your country, your happiness.”
Fahd Al Murar — who goes by the hacker alias KJ-FIDO — claimed responsibility for both hacks on his Facebook pages. Mr. Al Murar claims on his personal page to have attended Harvard University and be a manager of Web-Soldiers.
The Sag Harbor village harbormaster discovered the site had been hacked and by 11:20 a.m., the site was taken down to be restored, according to an article in the Sag Harbor Express, which originally reported the story.
The site came back online, but was taken down again after the hacked messages returned, the article states. By 12:30 p.m., the site was repaired.
The East End Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Riverhead learned their site had been hacked when a reporter from the Sag Harbor Express called them, an employee at the hospital said.
The employee, who did not give her name, said the issue was cleared up “in 10 minutes.”
“We called our guy and he took care of it,” the employee said. Management at the hospital were unable to be reached for comment.
The website had been restored as of 3 p.m.