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Isis hacks Spanish town hall websites

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Isis hacks Spanish town hall websites
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12:04 CET+01:00
Town hall websites in the northern Spanish region of Navarre came under attack from terror group Isis on Tuesday evening, with messages including "I love Isis" and "Je suis Muhammad" being posted online.

The posts also included offensive messages aimed at France and Israel: "Fuck Israel & France & France (sic)".

The posts included the phrase "Allah is the only god and Muhammad, his prophet" in Arabic.

Local newspaper El Diario de Navarra reports that the attack was signed off with "hackers Algeria 2015" while Spanish daily El País reports messages were posted claiming: "hacked by Team System Dz".

The attack targeted a French server used by the public company Animsa, which provides town halls in Navarre with internet services.

"At around 4pm on Tuesday a web attack with Jihadist messages prevented access to 70 municipal websites," read a statement on Animsa's website.

Police believe the hackers did not target Navarra town halls specifically, but rather, attacked at random. Animsa said they had detected over 20,000 affected servers.  

"This was probably a continuation of last week’s action in France", police sources told El Diario de Navarra.

Last week, over 20,000 French websites were hit by Islamist hackers in retaliation for the Paris demonstration to show solidarity with those killed in the previous week’s Charlie Hebdo shootings.

Animsa detected the hack within minutes and are currently working to get all the websites back online.

In related news, it was reported this week that a group of Muslims in the Navarre town of Tudela had complained to police about their radical Imam. He had generated controversy in the area’s Muslim community after expressing "extreme views on Islam", according to news website La Información.

The imam has since moved on to a mosque in Pamplona, the news site reported.

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