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Hacker defaces Saratoga County website

Hacker defaces Saratoga County website

A group claiming to support Palestine hacked into and took over the Saratoga County website for much

A group claiming to support Palestine hacked into and took over the Saratoga County website for much of Saturday.

The website that typically directs visitors to county government agencies was instead displaying messages such as “Palestine will be free” and “We don’t forget. We don’t forgive.”

County officials regained control of the site late Saturday night.

Upon visiting the website a message popped up that said, “This web site has been hacked by redcrucible,” police said.

As rap music played, the site said “I am the nightmare of your life.”

An image of a young man wearing a hooded sweatshirt then appeared, police said.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeff Brown said it appears that no classified information was stolen by the hacker.

“It looks like this was just done for bragging rights,” he said. “A lot of times, these people just want to prove they are able to do something like this.”

He said that the sheriff’s office is working with the FBI and the state Computer Crimes Unit to track down the hackers.

“It could take a few days or a it could be a few months to find out who did this,” he said. “It is a long process because subpoenas have to be issued and a lot of things need to be done.”

Brown said that hacking incidents similar to this one are not uncommon.

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