CRDA HACK
Screenshot of the CRDA website

ATLANTIC CITY — A New Jersey redevelopment agency said Monday no confidential information was compromised in a cyber attack that splashed pro-terrorism messages on its website over the weekend.

Law enforcement agencies are investigating the security breach at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to find out how it happened and who was responsible.

“Immediately upon the brief hacking of our public website this weekend, CRDA staff responded promptly, took the appropriate action and returned the website to its normal functionality. No files or confidential information were compromised,” the agency said in a statement Monday.

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The CRDA declined to identify the law enforcement agencies that are investigating, although the FBI’s Newark office confirmed Monday it was aware of the hacking. An FBI spokeswoman declined to say whether the agency had opened an investigation.

“We immediately contacted our Web hosting company and the appropriate law enforcement authorities with expertise in the field. They responded quickly and are investigating,” the CRDA’s statement said.

Meanwhile, the njcrda.com website is back to normal. The CRDA said the breach is believed to have occurred sometime Saturday night. It was discovered Sunday morning and taken down around 10:30 a.m.

Investigators are looking into whether the website attack was done by supporters of the Islamic State terror group. Claiming responsibility for the hacking was Team System DZ, a hacker collective that has defaced several hundred websites over the past few years.

The CRDA’s site was replaced with a black screen containing a rambling, pro-terrorism warning that read, “I am Muslim and I love jihad I love isis. A message to all peoples of the world, especially governments. Islamic State List to restore the rights of Muslims who have been killed by your governments savage and unjust. Islamic state will restore dignity for Muslims. Will purge the land of muslims from the hypocrites infidels. It intervenes you will equip you to dwell in cemeteries.”

The message ended with an expletive against the United States and Israel.

Elaine Zamansky, a CRDA spokeswoman, said this was the first time the agency’s website had been hacked. The CRDA, a state agency, oversees the Atlantic City Tourism District and uses funding from the casino industry for housing projects and economic development.

Contact Donald Wittkowski:

609-272-7258

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