THE website of Dundalk FM was apparently hacked last Friday by an anti-Israeli hacking group calling themselves ‘Z Company Hacking Crew’, in what appears to be a Europe wide campaign of hacking.
The unprecedented attack on the website saw the site defaced with a statement from the group and disturbing pictures of dead Pakistani children who it claims were killed by American drones.
An online search revealed that it is an anti-American, anti-Israeli group that hails from Pakistan who targeted the local radio station.
The hacking group are behind literally thousands of defacements of high profile website across the globe including over 30 sites defaced on Friday including unrelated websites in Argentina, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Italy.
The Z Company group lists sites that had been tampered with which include play schools, TV companies, theatres, art galleries, web marketing companies, restaurants and campsites. The group want to raise awareness of what they claim are US, EU and NATO attacks in Pakistan.
Speaking with the Dundalk Democrat, the manager of Dundalk FM, Alan Byrne, told the paper that they discovered the hack on Friday morning when checking the website, but are a loss as to reason for the site being targeted.
“We don’t have much American content on the station, other then a country music show that features American artists.
“It appears that this group want to raise awareness about the bombing of civilians in Pakistan by American forces.
“We will have to look at our internet security and may look at investing more heavily on it.”
Gardaí had not been informed of the hack attack.
The groups message which replaces the normal website page includes the statement (presumably referring to the American Government): “They overthrow governments of sovereign nations and they undermine, threaten, refuse to recognise and seek to destroy democratically elected governments like they are in Gaza, Palestine. They support dictators as long as they are fulfilling US, EU & NATO interest in the region like they did in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya at all they are killing Men,women & Children indiscriminately! And for what? Certainly not to protect civilians as they will have you believe, rather to steal the natural resources of said nation and to install a puppet regime who they can dominate for their own ends. You speak of Freedom of speech and freedom of expression but you remain silent in the face of a people desire to seek freedom to exist - unless those people are Israeli Zionists! Hypocrisy of this magnitude will bring the chickens home to roost and not peace and security as is your mantra!” [sic]
More disturbing are the pictures of dead children, who adorn the bottom of the page with the message: “Who will avenge the blood of these Pakistanis”. Earlier in the year the hacking group were alleged to have hacked over 774 websites around the World, and are renowned through the hacking community for the proficiency of their hacks.