Homeland Security, FBI investigating local websites hacked by group claiming to be ISIS

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2015) – Homeland Security officials are investigating whether the terror group ISIS hacked into several Indianapolis websites over the weekend. The investigation is spanning multiple states and involves both Homeland Security and the FBI.

Hackers claiming to be with the terror group ISIS attacked websites in several states, posting an ISIS logo, Arabic writing and links to a Facebook page and music. Homeland Security officials said several Indianapolis websites were targeted.

“We’re still too early to know if it’s a group, if it’s an individual, who really is doing this,” said Chief of Indianapolis Homeland Security Gary Coons. “Whoever’s trying to make their mark, whether they are tied with ISIS or whether they’re not, they’re just trying to make their mark to show there’s vulnerabilities out there.”

Gov. Mike Pence met with Homeland Security officials Monday, offering any state assistance in the investigation.

“Obviously we’re going to work very closely with the Indianapolis public safety officials,” Pence said in an interview. “It’s obviously very troubling, but it’s a reminder that in a world of today that the enemies of our freedom are just a click away.”

Homeland Security officials wouldn’t name the specific sites hacked, citing the ongoing investigation. Coons doesn’t believe the hackers specifically targeted Indiana.

One group that was targeted was the Indianapolis Downtown Artist and Dealers Association. The nonprofit organization represents the local art scene in Indianapolis.

The group posted a statement on its Facebook page Monday afternoon saying in part, “We do not feel this was a personal attack on Indianapolis Artists – as shown through national headlines, we just seem to have been hit as randomly as the next organization.”

The group added no personal data was compromised.

“Our first amendment freedoms are most cherished freedoms and we`ll be providing any and all support,” Pence said.

The governor’s administration said Monday state websites are scanned 24 hours a day “for potential defacement and attack.”

Any new victims are asked to contact the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security or FBI at 317-595-4000.