Government website altered to show pro-Iran message and photo of bloodied Trump in apparent hack: report

A government website was reportedly altered on Saturday to depict an image of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGolden Globes host Ricky Gervais to celebs: Don’t get political Trump says he’ll sanction Iraq if US troops forced to leave Trump doubles down on threat to Iran cultural sites MORE bleeding from his mouth while getting punched in the face by a person wearing an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps symbol.

According to CBS News, the image appeared briefly on the homepage for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) shortly before the page was made inaccessible. The page also reportedly featured a message at the time that read, “Hacked by Iran Cyber Security Group Hackers. This is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability! We’re always ready.”


The FDLP provides users with free access to federal government information and is operated by the Government Publishing Office, according to CNN. 

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) told The Hill on Sunday afternoon that its office is monitoring the situation with the FDLP.

“We are aware the website of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was defaced with pro-Iranian, anti-US messaging. At this time, there is no confirmation that this was the action of Iranian state-sponsored actors. The website was taken off line and is no longer accessible,” the CISA spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also pointed to a recent bulletin released by the National Terrorism Advisory System urging organizations to increase monitoring amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran.

“As described in the recent NTAS bulletin, in these times of increased threats, all organizations should increase monitoring, back up your systems, implement multi factor authentication, and have an incident response plan at the ready,” the spokesperson said. 

The new @DHSgov NTAS Bulletin on the threat landscape was issued to inform & reassure the American public, state/local governments & private partners that DHS is actively monitoring & preparing for any specific, credible threat, should one arise.

— Acting Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfDHS says no ‘credible’ threat to US, warns of groups’ capability US officials, lawmakers warn of potential Iranian cyberattacks DHS to review state laws granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants MORE (@DHS_Wolf) January 4, 2020

The apparent hack arrives several days after Trump directed a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani.

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