RED SPRINGS — Flora Macdonald Academy was one of several Robeson County-based websites taken over Sunday afternoon by group affiliated with the hacker collective Anonymous.
Information on the local websites was replaced with a photograph of someone in a florescent green gas mask and the words “This site has been hacked by Defacer J.P.”
The electronic dance song, “Monster, how should I feel?,” also plays continuously on the sites.
Defacer JP’s Facebook page claims to have hacked 194 websites Sunday, including sites for Robeson County businesses Greenstate Landscaping, Robeson Pediatrics and Lumberton Business Listings.
Businesses in Cary, Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, Laurinburg, Pinehurst, Raleigh and Shelby’s municipal government were among the hacked websites.
School officials believe Flora Macdonald’s site was defaced when the group hacked Biz Tools One, a website design and hosting company based in Fayetteville that maintains the school’s site as well as other sites in Fayetteville, Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington.
Andy Weaver, a Flora Macdonald Academy board member, called Sunday’s incident “unfortunate.”
“Especially at this time of year when we are preparing for the return of school and lot of prospective parents are searching the website for information,” Weaver said.
Weaver said parents and students should use the school’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Flora-Macdonald-Academy/102598436472967.
“Any information that they may need about our open houses, the start of school or our teachers, can still be found there,” he said. “If they have any other questions, they can call the school during the week from 10 to 4.”
The school can be reached at 910-843-4995.
After the sites were defaced, the group at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday wrote on its Facebook site: “Valley kids, Auntie AnonyJP’s going to sleep. Ha ha, I got tired. So today, 194 Web sites were hacked. Never get this same joke.”
The message is written in Portuguese.
The international hacker group originated in 2003 and became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that a Twitter account identified with Anonymous released the name and photos of an officer they claimed was responsible for the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by police in a St. Louis suburb. Just the day before, a different name had been circulating online.
Both names were wrong, according to the St. Louis County Police Department.
But other information, like audio recordings of police dispatchers in the area, have turned out to be real and some protesters say Anonymous is one of their best sources of information.
According to the Defacer JP Facebook page, “Anonymous is everywhere and we are many. We’re in your job, in your school, in your neighborhood and even inside your house.”