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Reform websites hosted by URJ are hacked

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The websites of several congregations hosted by the Union for Reform Judaism were hacked and linked to anti-Semitic websites.

Following the weekend hacking, the URJ pulled down the websites for scanning and cleanup, according to Mark Pelavin, the URJ’s senior advisor to the president.

In an email, Pelavin said the sites were brought back online by Nov. 26 with changes made to the security protocol.

The hackers appear to be a group calling itself Moroccan Ghosts, according to Jeffrey Salkin, the Anti-Defamation League’s New Jersey community director.

Since March, Moroccan Ghosts has hacked some 82 websites, mostly in the United States, but also in France, Britain, Vietnam, South Africa, Germany, Spain and China, the ADL said. The Facebook page of Moroccan Ghosts includes graphics reading “Free Palestine,” as well as an Israeli flag ripped in half and on fire. — jta


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