New York City Comptroller Office Website Hacked by Pro-Palestinian Hacker

Hackers have a passion for hacking, but the way they choose their targets is something hard to understand. Just like this unpredictable hack we are about to report.

A Palestinian friendly hacker going with the handle of AlfabetoVirtual was able to bypass all the security restrictions and hack into the official website of New York City’s Comptroller Mr. Scott M. Stringer, earlier today. 

The hacker was able to breach the site security, but couldn’t deface the whole website. That means the hack was a partial defacement where hacker left a short message in support of Palestine on site’s header and changed the site’s description from New York City Comptroller Office Website to Hacked By AlfabetoVirtual.

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According to the deface note:

Hacked by AlfabetoVirtual Hackeado por AlfabetoVirtual #FreePalestine – #FreeGaza

An exclusive screenshot
An exclusive screenshot from New York City’s Comptroller site when it was hacked

After reading the deface note, we realised that the hacker is a Spanish speaker. After doing some research, we found out the hacker could be based in Argentina, as his twitter account shows a retweet in Spanish and following spree of famous Argentinian hackers from Team Ha¢king Argentinø.

Link of targeted website along with its mirror as a proof of hack is available below:

http://comptroller.nyc.gov
http://zone-h.com/mirror/id/24576881

About the targeted site and Comptroller Mr. Scott M. Stringer:

The Office of Comptroller of New York City is the chief fiscal officer and chief auditing officer of the city. The current comptroller is Democrat Scott Stringer, and that makes the site a pretty high-profile one.

Scott M. Stringer also has a verified account on Twitter.

This is the second high-profile hack against the U.S government owned website in last two days. Yesterday, it was the pro-ISIS group who hacked the Subdomain of U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Argonne National Lab website and left hate messages.

At the time of publishing this article, the New York City’s Comptroller office website was still hacked.

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Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.