Hackers cover concentration camp website in child pornography

The site was compromised on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

May 8, 2015 14:48
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Prisoners work in the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp during World War II.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The website of the former Mauthausen concentration camp was hacked on Friday and covered in child pornography, according to AFP. The web attack comes on Friday, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

As of Friday afternoon, the site was still down and displayed a message instead reading: "Much to our regret we must inform you that the web site of the Mauthausen memorial has been hacked with a child pornography context. The company in charge of our website has deactivated it immediately."

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The Austrian Minister of the Interior, Minster Johanna Mikl-Leitner, described the attack as a "criminal, sick attack and deeply abhorrent."

“Interior ministry experts are helping the private operator of the website as we speak to get the site back up as soon as possible. At the same time an investigation is under way,” she said.

The people responsible for the horrifying incident have not yet been identified. 

Mauthausen was a camp, which included  vast network of 49 subcamps, where Nazis shot, gassed, beat and worked to death the 200,000 inmates during the Holocaust. The camp got its name from the nearby town of Mauthausen, west of Vienna.

In 2010, vandals defaced the former concentration camp with anti-Jewish and anti-Turkish graffiti.

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