Supporters of ISIS – or Islamic State – the radicalised terrorist movement currently exploiting the people of Iraq and Syria have allegedly hacked the website of a Rugby League team, the Keighley Cougars, to state ‘I love you isis”. Complete with Windows 95 style text and imaging, the West Yorkshire club’s home page was altered to show the words ‘Hacked by Team System Dz’ – more likely to be the work of local hackers than Middle Eastern radicals.

The Keighley Cougars chairman, Gary Fawcett, the hack “sinister”.

“We have asked our hosting organisation to take down the website as quickly as possible “It was obviously done on a Sunday night when it would be most difficult for anyone to take quick action. Unfortunately it’s a terrorist statement and I understand West Yorkshire Police have passed it on to anti-terrorism police. This is the first time that anything like this has happened to the Cougars site or I’ve ever known anything like it.”

One interesting snippet of information comes from the Yorkshire Post. They “posting on social media, one person claimed a host server had been hacked, leading to 60 other websites featuring the same page”.

The Keighley Cougars have responded to the incident on Twitter and say that the website it now back to normal. It is unclear if hacking the website of a somewhat obscure Rugby League team will bring any strategical advantage to ISIS.


Jason Murdock |   |