‘This Is the Beginning’: Hackers Claiming to Be from Iran Take Over U.S. Government Website


by Paula Bolyard, PJ Media:

At around 8 p.m. Saturday, hackers breached and defaced the website of the U.S. Federal Depository Library (USFDL), posting a graphic image of President Trump being punched in the face and announcing, “This is a message from Islamic Republic of Iran.”

U.S. officials have not confirmed that the attack on the website of USFDL, a program created to make federal government publications available to the public at no cost, came from Iran, but the hackers claim to be avenging the death of Qasem Soleimani, the brutal Iranian terrorist who was killed in a U.S. airstrike at the Bahrain Airport in Iraq early Friday morning.

About an hour after the attack on the little-known USFDL website, the Iranian propaganda had been removed and the website was offline, displaying a Cloudflare error message. (Cloudflare is an internet security and DDoS mitigation provider that protects websites from malicious attacks.)

Visitors to the fldp.gov site Saturday night were greeted by a black screen displaying the flag of Iran and the words “in the name of god,” along with messages warning: “We will not stop supporting our friends in the region: the oppressed people of Palestine, the oppressed people of Yemen, the people and the Syrian government, the people and government of Iraq, the oppressed people of Bahrain, the true mujahideen resistance in Lebanon and Palestine [they] always will be supported by us.”

(Screenshot of the fdlp.gov website after hackers claiming to be from Iran attacked the site.)

Below that was an image or President Trump being punched in the jaw by a fist displaying Iran’s Revolutionary Guard insignia.

(Screenshot of an image of President Trump displayed on the fdlp.gov website after it was attacked by hackers alleging to be from Iran)

“Martyrdom was his (Shahid Soleymani) reward for years of implacable efforts. With his departure and with God’s power, his work and path will not cease and severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood and the blood of the other martyrs of last night’s incident,” the message read. “Hacked By Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS…  This is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability! We’re always ready… to be continues… We Are: Iranian Hackers… #Hard revenge… #ICG – #SpadSecurityGroup.”

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