ISIS hacks website of Australia’s Hobart International Airport

12 April 2015 (Last Updated April 12th, 2015 18:30)

The website of Australia’s Hobart International Airport had to be shut down after being hacked by pro-Islamic State hackers who published messages supporting the militant group.

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The website of Australia's Hobart International Airport had to be shut down after being hacked by pro-Islamic State hackers who published messages supporting the militant group.

According to the police, the airport was not under any direct threat and the hackers had taken over the website by targeting the web host used by the airport in Tasmania and not the facility itself, reported Channel News Asia.

The police said in a statement: "A message placed on the site contained a statement supporting ISIS. The group claiming responsibility for the hacking appear to non-discriminately target organisations who use web hosts such as the one used by Hobart International Airport."

Investigations have shown that identical messages have appeared on thousands of websites worldwide since late 2014.

Police is carrying out an investigation and is monitoring activity at the airport following the incident.

"A message placed on the site contained a statement supporting ISIS."

Australia has been fighting a growing problem of radicalised citizens joining terrorist groups. The country suspects around 90 to be fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and has been tightening its airport security measures in the past few months.

The government also said recently that its counterterrorism forces have stopped close to 200 suspected militant supporters from leaving the country in an operation to block recruiting by Islamic State and other jihadist groups in the Middle East, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Located in Cambridge, it is a major airport in Tasmania, with the country's main carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar having regular operations from the airport.

The airport was established in 1956 and privatised in 1988 and is considered to be the ninth busiest airport in Australia.


Image: The combined check-in area of Hobart International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Wiki ian.