Islamists hack South London hospital website.
From the local south London paper the News Shopper, and the BBC
SOUTH London Healthcare Trust's website was attacked by hackers overnight. The attack meant the website was out of action for several hours although it is now back up and running.
While down, the name on the site read Group HP-Hack and displayed images of the Syrian civil war. The trust, currently in administration, runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, Farnborough's Pru, Orpington Hospital and Queen Mary's in Sidcup.
A trust spokesman said:"We are sorry for any inconvenience to patients and visitors during the short period overnight that the website was out of action. This hacking group appears to target websites at random, and there is no reason why the SLHT site was targeted. We are investigating how this has happened."
The trust, which serves more than a million people in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich, said the security of its IT systems had not been compromised. The website said "hacked!!" in red letters and featured an Arabic inscription with a sword on a black background.
The BBC Arabic Service said the inscription was the shahada, the one-line declaration of faith which needs to be said by those converting to Islam.
The inscription and sword on a black background are similar to an insignia known to be used by some Islamic extremist groups, the BBC Arabic Service added.
The website is now back online.
Posted on 08/29/2012 12:40 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax