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Monday 23 October 2017

Rape Crisis Centre in 'sinister' ISIS attack

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre's website was subjected to a "sinister" hack by a pro-ISIS group.

The organisation confirmed that a message displayed on their website read, "We are everywhere", alongside an ISIS black flag.

CEO Ellen O'Malley Dunlop said that they were affected in a world-wide hack by the terrorist group.

Ms O'Malley Dunlop said that the act was "horrible", adding that the DRCC are hoping that visitors to the site last night "are not upset".

VICTIMS

"We are concerned that any victims who came to our site looking for help may have seen it," she said.

The DRCC have reported the incident to gardai and regained full control of their website.

"They didn't hack our whole website... but they placed this in the banner at the top of the page," Ms O'Malley Dunlop said.

"It was very sinister".

O'Malley-Dunlop added that the site was "not specifically targeted" - the hacking was part of a worldwide attack.

"Our systems have been made more secure and we've been given new passwords," she added.

For support and information related to rape and sexual violence, please ring the National 24-hour Helpline on 1 800 778 888.

A number of other firms also reported being victims to the hack, including a hotel in New York where there were images of black ISIS logo, with the words, "There is no God but God", in Arabic posted online.

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