Date
30 March 2017
Images of Islamic militants were inserted into Tsinghua University's internal website. Photo: Tsinghua University
Images of Islamic militants were inserted into Tsinghua University's internal website. Photo: Tsinghua University

‘Islamic State hacker’ attacks Tsinghua University website

A hacker proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group infiltrated the internal network of one of the top universities on the mainland to display images of masked and mounted militants, reports said Monday.

The hacker also reprogrammed pages of Tsinghua University’s in-house course portal to display Arabic verses from Islamic scripture accompanied by music, a student newspaper at the Beijing institution reported.

Instead of displaying links to class resources and departmental information, the site showed a photo of four hooded fighters on horseback riding beneath the flag of Islamic State.

The cyberintruder identified himself as an “Islamic State Hacker”.

“God is great, I am unafraid of death, dying a martyr’s death is my ultimate goal,” reports translated an Arabic message as reading.

The student newspaper report was widely reposted by state-run media, but the original has since been deleted.

Tsinghua quickly shut down the server after the breach was discovered Sunday evening, the reports said.

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