Hackers deface 4 Okla. sheriff’s office websites

The hackers replaced the front page of each site with a photo of a Turkish phrase


By Suzie Ziegler 

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Tuesday, four sheriff’s offices in Oklahoma found their websites defaced by hackers. 

According to KFOR, the hackers replaced the sites’ front pages with an image of a person standing on a hill holding a flag. The flag carried a Turkish phrase that translates to, “Do not be like those who forgot Allah, so Allah made them forget themselves. Here they really went astray.” 

The affected agencies were the Payne, Lincoln, Custer and Seminole county sheriff’s offices. 

A cyber security expert who spoke with KFOR says it appears the hacks are connected.  

“It’s just clear that obviously the entire front page was totally replaced with other content that is not the legitimate site,” said Geoff Wilson, CEO of GoSecurityPro. “The sheriff’s offices may’ve been on the same underlying technology that was vulnerable.” 

According to the report, the hacker also left behind his Instagram, Facebook and a link to a video with a man speaking a non-English language. 

All four websites have been restored, although it’s unclear how long the hack remained visible. 

Sheriff’s office representatives were not immediately available for comment, according to KFOR. 

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