The website of Icelandic Njál’s Saga Center, njala.is, was hacked by someone operating in the name of terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), as reported yesterday. The organization’s flag and a message were posted on the website but have since been removed.
“I find it horrible when such things happen, that someone accesses a website and takes it over, promoting propaganda, not to mention when it’s the case of an international terrorist organization which appears to be the biggest threat to world peace today,” the center’s director Sigurður Hróarsson told RÚV.
Sigurður hasn’t decided whether he will file the incident to the police. “I will seek information as to whether there is a reason for doing it.”
Charlie Eriksen, consultant on information safety at IT company Syndis, said it’s difficult to determine whether the hacker was in fact operating on IS’s behalf. He stated that the hacker doesn’t appear to be particularly skilled.
“I’d say that such a cyber attack was not made by a skilled hacker. Such attacks are usually made by hackers with limited knowledge; it’s very simple,” Charlie added.
Charlie explained that njala.is and other websites which were hacked in the same manner were all of the type Worldpress and have a certain security weakness. By seeking information, almost anyone could have cracked them, he maintained.