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TUSD among hundreds of websites hacked to show pro-Islamic State message

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Hackers temporarily redirected people looking for hundreds of local school webpages, including on the Tucson Unified School District's site, to a video in support of the Islamic State group.
    
The FBI is trying to determine who was behind the hack, which hijacked hundreds of school websites in Arizona; Newtown, Connecticut; Gloucester County, Virginia; and Bloomfield, New Jersey.

TUSD released this statement:

On Saturday night, we noticed that our website was redirected to a page displaying an Arabic message and a picture of Saddam Hussein. We notified SchoolDesk, our web system vendor, and worked with them to resolve the issue. The page was restored to normal in a matter of hours.

    
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 webpages to a YouTube video containing an audible Arabic message, unknown writing and a picture of Saddam Hussein.
    
"It looked like it was some sort of ISIS recruitment or support video," SchoolDesk founder Rob Freierson told NJ.com.
    
SchoolDesk's statement said the hack also affected other organizations, including private and government websites. The company has added more protections and is requiring users of its websites to reset their passwords.
    
The company said no confidential student or teacher information was compromised.
    
SchoolDesk said it was working with various investigative agencies to track the source of the hack.

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