Pub website 'targeted by anti-ISIS hackers'

By Liam Coleman

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Hacked: pub claims its website was hacked by Kurdish fighters
Hacked: pub claims its website was hacked by Kurdish fighters

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The licensee of a Black Country pub has said he found it "slightly amusing" after claiming Kurdish hackers posted an obscene message on the pub's website.

The Holly Bush Ale House in Cradley Heath, West Midlands, was one of several websites that recently found itself allegedly taken over by a group claiming to be Kurdish military fighters.

The Peshmerga, which is also believed to have hacked school and NHS websites, is currently fighting ISIS in Iraq and now appears to have taken its battle to the website of the West Midlands pub.

On the website for an event at the Holly Bush, the pub says the Peshmerga posted the Kurdish flag with a message underneath, saying: "KurDish HaCk3rS WaS Here. F**K ISIS!"

Licensee at the Holly Bush, Dave Francis, said he felt he had to see the funny side of the attack. "I find it slightly amusing, I’ve got nothing against the Kurds. They have had a rough ride," he said.

"It does concern me a bit, however, that the website has been hacked. It is scary to think what else they can hack, such as bank accounts and the rest."

The Holly Bush website has invited the Peshmerga to the pub via its website. A post on the news section reads: "We’re certainly not fond of ISIS either, so we’d like Peshmerga to know that they can use the Holly Bush for meetings or parties if they’re in the region… just let us know and we’ll get some orange juice and halal snacks in. We have updated our security since the hack, of course."

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