Professor: ISIS hack on Arkansas group likely easy

Professor: ISIS hack on Arkansas group likely easy
(SourceL KARK-TV)
(SourceL KARK-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The Islamic State group did not have a hard time performing a cyber attack against the Arkansas Library Association.

According to a Newsweek article, the terrorist group hacked the library association's website and exposed the information of hundreds of members on an app called Telegram.

No members have been contacted or threatened by the terrorist group.

Hacking the system, however, may not have been too difficult.

Mengjun Xie, assistant professor at UALR's College of Engineering and Information Technology, says the hackers likely watched the website looking for information.

"Just like the battle information before you launch an attack," Xie told KARK-TV.

Xie said he doesn't know why ISIS would target the library association but believes the system it used to build its website left it vulnerable.

He recommends you check your website's security settings to prevent these type of cyber attacks.

"You find your door lock is broken you need to replace it so that same kind of philosophy," he said.

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