• On Saturday the government website for the Federal Depository Library Program was hacked and defaced by a group claiming to represent Iran
  • The website had several messages speaking of the oppressed in the Middle East along with a picture of President Donald Trump bleeding from the mouth and being punched in the face
  • The Department of Homeland Security said the website is now being monitored but did not comment on who they believe is responsible

On Saturday, the website for the Federal Depository Library Program, fdlp.gov, was hacked and defaced before being taken offline by a group calling themselves “Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS.” The hackers claim to represent the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS

The FDLP is a government program that makes federal government publications available to the public without cost. Hackers wrote on the site, “in the name of god,” “Islamic Republic of Iran,” and “This is message from Islamic Republic of Iran.” The following was one of two messages on the site:

We will not stop supporting our friends in the region: the oppressed people of Palestine, the oppressed people of yemen, the people and the Syrian government, the people and government of iraq, the oppressed people of bahrain, the true mujahideen resistance in lebanon and palestine [they] always will be supported by us.

Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS

Next to the message was a picture of ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Below the message was a picture of President Donald Trump bleeding from the mouth and being punched in the face by a fist wearing a jacket with the Revolutionary Guard insignia, a direct reference to the death of Major-General Qassem Soleimani. The image contained the following message:

Martydom was his (shahid soleymani) reward for years of implacable efforts. with his departure and with god’s power, his work and path will not cease and severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood and the blood of the other martyrs of last night’s incident.

Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS

Daily Mail reported the Google search for FDLP resulted in a message from the hackers that read, “in the name of god. >>>>> Hacked By Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS … ;)<<<<<. This is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability ! We’re always ready.” The FDLP website currently remains offline and the Google search description has been fixed.

Iran Cyber Security Group

An Intrusion Was Detected

The Department of Homeland Security is now monitoring the FDLP website. A senior official verified the hack and called it a “defacement” but did not comment on who was responsible.

we are aware the website of the federal depository library program (fdlp) was defaced with pro-iranian, anti-us massaging. At this time, there is no confirmation that this was the action of iranian state-sponsored actors. The website was taken off line and is no longer accessible. cisa is monitoring the situation with fdlp and our federal partners.

Department Of Homeland Security Spokesperson Sara Sendek Via CNN

The FDLP website is run by the US Government Publishing Office. GPO Chief Public Relations Officer Gary Somerset said an “intrusion was detected on GPO’s FDLP website, which has been taken down.” All other GPO websites are currently operational.

An intrusion was detected on GPO’s FDLP website, which has been taken down. GPO’s other sites are fully operational. We are coordinating with the appropriate authorities to investigate further.

GPO Chief Public Relations Officer Gary Somerset Via CNN

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