The city of Dunwoody’s official website was hacked Thanksgiving Day, but no breach of security has been made, according to the city spokesperson.
A hacker by the name of “Jack Sparrow,” who claims to be part of a Turkish group, is taking responsibility for the hack on Twitter.
The city’s website for several hours was down and only the image of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoian, along with a Turkish flag, set on top of a black background was visible on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. The hacker is also using another image on the website that states, in part, “The city of Dunwoody website is currently offline for some Turkey Day maintenance.”
“We first noticed [the hack] on Thanksgiving Day. We worked to restore the site and about 12 hours later it was hacked again,” said Bob Mullen, city spokesperson. Mullen said the hacker is using the two images interchangeably.
“We are working to redirect to a different server. From what we understand today, we have been able to secure data and information from the city side,” he said. “There has not been a loss of data or records.”
“The city’s IT team and website design firm are working tirelessly to make corrections … to get the site back up and make sure we are not hacked again,” Mullen said.
The same hacker targeted another municipal government this year in Killeen, Texas, where the military base Fort Hood is located. That city’s website was hacked twice by the hackers.
UPDATE: The city’s website was repaired and back up during the evening of Saturday, Nov. 26.