Update — 12/04/14: ADL alerted Facebook about the “AnonGhost Team” page. The page has been removed.
The hacker group AnonGhost Team claimed responsibility for the hacking of several American universities’ websites, including those of Portland State University, Utah State University, Olin College of Engineering, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis and other educational institutions in the U.S.
The hackings redirected website visitors either to pages playing a recording of the Quran and featuring a message in English that starts with an anti-Semitic pro-terror statement, “Death to All Jews…Viva Hamas, Qassam” or to a page featuring anti-Israel images and playing a pro-Qassam anti-Semitic song with the lyrics, “Teach the son of the Jewish woman how many times we will conquer him.”
These hackings represent part of a growing phenomenon of hacker groups directing website visitors to anti-Semitic and anti-Israel messages.
The AnonGhost Team announced these hackings on their social media platforms and also posted several statements claiming responsibility for the hacking of a number of other websites in the United States, the UK and other parts of the world.
AnonGhost includes a number of hackers, mostly from North Africa, who are active in targeting Israeli and Jewish websites and express support for terror groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) and Hamas. In the past, group members were among the active participants in an organized campaign to launch cyber-attacks against Israel known as OpIsrael.
The group also claimed that earlier this year it hacked several Jewish institutions’ websites, including those of the Columbia Jewish Congregation, the Jewish Community Action, Jewish People Around the World and several others.
A hacker calling himself Muritania Attacker appears to lead the AnonGhost Team. Muritania Attacker is a self-described anti-Semite, writing on Twitter on November 26 that “I am proud to be Anti-semitic , Death To All Jews ! [sic].” In June 2014, Muritania Attacker was quoted in an online interview describing the hackers in the AnonGhost Team as “14 years to 35 years old” and added “they are well educated , and they all go to school … they are not brainwashed they know the truth.”