LI town's website hacked to display message on Islamic State group

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BROOKHAVEN -

The website for the Town of Brookhaven was hacked on Sunday to display what appears to be pro-Islamic State group propaganda.

The town's entire website was later pulled offline and was unavailable as authorities continue to investigate. The town tells News 12 that the website continues to be disabled out of an abundance of caution.

Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine says "no public information or records were affected," as a result of the apparent hack.

Officials say several other websites for the government of the state of Ohio and the website for Ohio Gov. John Kasich were similarly hacked over the weekend.

The group "Team System Dz" appeared to take responsibility for posting the message. In the past, the group also claimed responsibility for similar hacks in the past in Richland County, Wisconsin and in places such as Aberdeen, Scotland.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement on the Brookhaven.org hack that reads, "While we are still waiting on more intel as to this pro-ISIS hack, I have been in touch with Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor and Councilman Dan Panico and offered to assist in any way possible with regards to securing necessary support and resources from the federal government. I will continue to do anything in my power to improve cyber security and protect against other threats facing our nation at home and abroad."

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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