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Massachusetts college website hacked

October 8, 2014

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Officials at Massachusetts Maritime Academy say the college’s website was hacked by what appears to be an Islamic extremist group.

The Bourne school’s president, Rear Adm. Richard Gurnon, said a group calling itself the Moroccan Islamic Union took over the website Monday and redirected visitors to a site showing a photograph of an American soldier’s grave, with audio of a man speaking Arabic.

The site was fixed but hacked again later that day.

Gurnon said the site was taken down as state IT teams worked on it. It was inaccessible Wednesday.

Gurnon says there’s no evidence the campus was ever in danger and no personal information was accessed.

He said some cadets were unable to finish assignments, and said those students are likely to tell professors that “terrorists ate my homework.”

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