Monday, March 9, 2015

Eldora Speedway website hacked with ISIS message: Report

The website of a dirt track owned by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was hacked Saturday, and a message on the site credits the Islamic State.

The Eldora Speedway website was reportedly hacked by ISIS Saturday afternoon along with two well-known Cincinnati restaurants’ websites.

According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, the Eldora Speedway website was compromised around 2:30 p.m. At the top of the site’s page, a banner appeared with a message that read: Hacked by Islamic State. We Are Everywhere :). It was accompanied by foreign music.

The message was on the webpage for the Rossburg, Ohio track less than half an hour before it was removed by Eldora officials. Track general manager Roger Slack said authorities had not confirmed that the incident involved an actual message from the Islamic radical group.

"Seriously?" said Stewart when told about the webpage while preparing for Sunday's Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "I guess we're a big enough blip on the radar now if we've gotten their attention. Maybe we can get them season passes.

"If there's anybody I'd want mad at me, I guess it would be them."

Slack said the speedway's website was operating normally after the incident and that no fan or customer information was comprimised.

The FBI is now investigating.

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