MANAGEMENT at a Limerick city college hacked by a group claiming to be terror organisation Isis have said they are “as surprised and shocked as anyone” by the “random” attack.
The web site of Central College Limerick, based at Presentation Court, Sexton Street, was hacked with a message confirming the attack, and the chilling footnote: “Ireland expect us”.
There was also a photograph of an Islamic State in Syria (Isis) fighter with a machine gun and the flag of the terror group.
The further education college’s web site was taken down for a time on Thursday, but was back online on Friday, albeit with only a front page message.
This read: “The management of Central College Limerick believe the recent attack on the website is a random hacking of the site and are as surprised and shocked as anyone. The security of the site has been optimised and a new upgraded site will be launched shortly.”
It has been established the attack was not in any way linked to Isis, with investigations revealing the source of the hack was actually a server in this country.
City College Limerick provides a wide range of courses from full-time day courses to evening courses and programmes under the Back to Education Initiative.
The college made no further comment beyond the statement that was placed on its web site.