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SLO Marathon website hacked; FBI investigates link to ISIS

The San Luis Obispo Marathon's website is back to normal after being hacked last week.
The San Luis Obispo Marathon's website is back to normal after being hacked last week. www.slomarathon.com

The FBI is investigating the hacking last week of the San Luis Obispo Marathon website and whether the crime is linked to series of similar attacks on websites across the country from someone claiming the be affiliated with the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

Last week, the marathon’s website was defaced with an image of the black ISIS flag and some related “verbiage,” according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

The website was restored as of Wednesday.

Eimiller said the agency was notified of the hack last week, about the same time the agency received an unspecified number of reports of similar hacks across Southern California and other cities across the U.S.

She did not have information on how many websites were affected or where, but Eimiller said the agency is currently identifying potential victims.

Whether the hack came from a legitimate ISIS member, Eimiller would not speculate.

“It's certainly not uncommon for hackers to misrepresent themselves or use names of legitimate or illegitimate organizations in order to intimidate victims,” she wrote in an email Wednesday. “But with regard to the defacements in question, we have not attributed the activity to a person or group at this time.”

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