#CyberFLASH: Quebec town says Islamic cyberattack on its website has them perplexed

image-9MONTREAL – A small Quebec town is wondering why it found itself the target of an Islamic extremist group’s cyberattack after the municipality’s website was compromised for about a dozen hours.

The home page for Terrasse-Vaudreuil, a municipality of about 2,000 residents just west of Montreal, was hacked Thursday evening by a group calling itself MECA, the Middle East Cyber Army.

The web page displayed a message praising Islam and made reference to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris earlier this month.

Experts said there have been hundreds of cyberattacks in recent days, targeting sites that have vulnerable security.

“I know across the world there are many thousands of sites that had been infiltrated by this sort of thing and I guess today was our day, and hopefully it won’t be again,” said Ron Kelley, Terrasse-Vaudreuil’s director-general.

City officials met with Quebec provincial police, who have opened an investigation after receiving information the hacking.

Sgt. Ingrid Asselin said the investigation was ongoing.

“From what we’ve learned, it has nothing to do with Terrasse-Vaudreuil,” Mayor Michel Bourdeau said. “It’s a combination of circumstances.”

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