Town council website ‘hacked by extremist’

The message that appeared on the town council's website
The message that appeared on the town council's website

A mysterious message purported to be from a known extremist hacker appeared on the Leighton-Linslade Town Council website yesterday.

Web surfers expecting to land on the council’s site were instead confronted with a blank screen and one line of text which read: ‘Hacked by Abdellah Elmaghribi’.

The town council's website was back up and running soon after the issue was reported to them by the LBO.

The town council's website was back up and running soon after the issue was reported to them by the LBO.

Around an hour later the problem was fixed and the council’s website was up and running as usual, though it is not yet known how the incident occurred.

Abdellah Elmaghribi is an extremist from Morocco who has previously waged war on a number of high profile websites from across the globe, including Nigeria’s number one music site, NotJuskOk.

However it was the hacking of a tiny non-league football club’s website in January which shot the Moroccan to short term infamy in the UK.

After breaking into the homepage of Chatham Town Football Club Elmaghribi referenced the Charlie Hebdo attacks by leaving a message which read: “I am not Charlie. I’m not a terrorist. I am a Muslim and proud to be. A little respect for other religions. Allah is One.”

The LBO understands that the server for the Leighton-Linslade Town Council was down during the alleged hack.

Town clerk Mark Saccoccio told us: “We are now up and running and it was one of those glitches.”