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By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Visitors to websites for several high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District on Saturday morning found material posted by a hacker.

“One of the District's web servers was compromised,” district spokesperson Catherine Martin told East County Magazine.  Several school home pages were “replaced with photos of Osama Bin Laden and some commentary,” she added.

The offensive content was taken down after the district became aware of the situation. “The act of vandalism was fixed and no sensitive information was compromised,” Martin said, adding that the perpetrator has not been identified.

ECM learned of the incident from a reader who spotted the content on the Granite Hills High School website and describe it as Muslim messaging. Bin Ladin, former leader of the Al Qaeda extremist Muslim terrorist group responsible for the 9-11 attacks, was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in a raid in Pakistan in May 2011.

“Web security is a continuous effort in GUHSD and beyond,” Martin concluded, adding that “Internet assets everywhere are targets for illicit activity.”

No threats were made and no law enforcement investigation has been done, she said.

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