By MARK TODD - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hackers disrupted web sites by two local Republican candidates for office, replacing their campaign information with a page devoted to Islamic information, officials said.
David Schroeder, a candidate for Ashtabula County prosecutor, said his site was hacked sometime late over the weekend or early Monday. The website for State Rep. Casey Kozlowski, R-Pierpont, was also hacked and displayed the same Islamic information.
Technicians were working Monday to restore Schroeder’s site, he said. By early Monday afternoon, Schroeder’s home page was back to normal, but attempts to navigate entries on the page instead sent the viewer to the Islamic site.
Kozlowski’s site was still completely shut down as of late afternoon Monday. People who tried to reach his site, joincasey2012.com, instead called up the Islamic page.
On the page were several entries, including “What Is Islam” and “How to Become a Muslim.” The page proclaimed it had been hacked by V4vantOM.
Schroeder, who is Conneaut’s law director, said he has already contacted the U.S. Attorney General’s Office regarding the hacking. “We don’t know who did it, but I think we can find out,” he said.
Kozlowski issued a statement regarding his hacked site:
"Regardless of why my campaign website was hacked, there are far worse issues facing Americans than a political campaign site being shut down. I intend to remain focused on getting Ohioans back to work, fighting for a safer community, and guaranteeing a stable retirement for Ohioans. I am leaving the concerns of this incident to my website operator."
Several website around the world were hacked in response to a movie made in the U.S. that Muslims say demeans the prophet Mohammed, according to news reports.
Schroeder is trying to unseat 16-year incumbent prosecutor, Thomas Sartini this fall. Kozlowski, seeking his second two-year term to the 99th Ohio House district, is opposed by retired Jefferson teacher John Patterson.