POLICE are investigating after “malicious” messages were left on a school website by Turkish nationalists in an apparent hacking attempt.
Parents of students at North Mundham primary in Sussex were left concerned after the school’s website was taken over by a long message written in Turkish.
The school website has been changed to a plain white background with a red logo, believed to be linked to cyber hacking group Ayyildiz Tim.
The group describes itself as “patriotic”, claiming to be soldiers of the virtual world and aiming to stop anti-Turkish messages while carrying out propaganda activities.
The messages left on the Sussex school’s website include a note in English which simply reads: “HELLO ADMIN SYSTEM HACKED : ) : )”, while music plays in the background.
Sussex Police have said they had received numerous reports from parents of the Chichester school, flagging concerns about the safety of their children.
In a message, police said: “Sussex Police have received numerous reports of the website of North Mundham primary school in Chichester being ‘hacked’.
The images and general content of the hacked site have caused concern among parents about the safety of their children at school.”
But police reassured parents and staff, saying that there was not a ‘specific threat’ in relation to the hacking.
In a statement police said: “The nature of the hack would appear to be largely malicious in nature and Sussex Police have not received any credible or specific intelligence that would lead us to recommend children are kept away from school.”
Police have since vowed to keep the situation under “constant review”. Reassurance patrols will be deployed to the school on Monday morning if it is deemed necessary.
Anyone with further concerns or new information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting reference 1137 of 23/04/17
by : Brittany Vonow