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May 6, 2014

Moroccan Ghosts Hackers Deface Jewish Websites In U.S.

The Moroc­can Ghosts, a polit­i­cally moti­vated hacker group that tar­get­s the web­sites of Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the United States, struck again last month when it defaced the websites of four Jewish institutions belonging to the Union for Reform Judaism.moroccan-ghosts-hack-jewish-institutions-facebook ghosts

The hack­ers defaced the web­sites of Jewish institutions in Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Georgia with an image of an individual wrapped in what appears to be a Palestinian flag and a statement saying, “When injustice becomes law … Resistance becomes a duty.”

A statement boasting about this latest cyber-attack on the Moroc­can Ghosts Facebook page read:  “Hacking 4 formal Zionist temples in America or in more accurate words [4] dirty places to conspire and plot against Palestine.”

In response to the hack, ADL contacted Facebook to alert them to the page claiming responsibility for the hack and to urge them to investigate the situation. The Facebook page has subsequently been removed.

In 2012, Moroc­can Ghosts defaced Jew­ish con­gre­ga­tional web­sites with their logo and an hour-long video deny­ing the Holo­caust.

This lat­est cyber-attack is part of a larger trend of polit­i­cally moti­vated hack­ings tar­get­ing the web­sites of per­ceived sup­port­ers of Israel. ADL offers guid­ance to Jew­ish insti­tu­tions regard­ing online and dig­i­tal security.

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