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Pro-Palestine hackers target town council website

PUBLISHED: 12:10 20 February 2020 | UPDATED: 18:09 20 February 2020

Watton Town Council's website has been hacked. Picture: Watton Town Council

Watton Town Council's website has been hacked. Picture: Watton Town Council

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A town council website has been attacked by a pro-Palestine hacking group shutting down its page and replacing it with Moroccan propaganda.

Hacking group Black Team X has taken over Watton Town Council's website, displaying messages including "Sahara is Moroccan" and "Free Palestine, free Gaza, Jerusalem Muslim city forever".

A town council spokesman said: "We are aware of the issue and are working with our IT team and hope the issue will be resolved soon."

It is believed that Black Team X is made up of Moroccan hackers. The group argues that other countries need to stay out of Moroccan domestic issues.

A song can also be heard playing with a computer-read statement saying, "group hackers Moroccan agent secret".

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David Higgins, of Norfolk and Suffolk Cyber Security Cluster, said that hackers can gain access through a simple email.

He said: "These attacks usually start by someone doing something rather silly.

"Everyone has technology in place or a various system that can scan for a virus signature and block it.

"But if someone gets an email which says 'can you help me?' or 'please click on this link' if they click on the link, nothing might happen, and they think it didn't work but it will be downloading malware in the background.

"That will sit there until sometime when it will open the backdoor and hackers will be able to get onto the system.

"This may not be the case of what happened but that's how simple it is."

The group has also targeted other British sites including an Wiltshire Improving Access to Psychological Therapies website, which is run by the Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Partnership Trust, Newton Abbot Town Council's website as well as one belonging to the South African president.

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