EDL forced to move website after hacking group's takeover

News 13 Nov, 2012

Far right group's .org address has been taken over and defaced by members of the ZCompany Hacking Crew (ZHC).

The English Defence League (EDL) has been forced to set up a new website after hackers seemingly took over and defaced their previous domain.

ZCompany Hacking Crew (ZHC), who claim to be affiliated with the Team Poison group, are understood to have taken control of the far right group’s .org web address on Friday.

The hacking group has used the site’s takeover to accuse EDL of misusing donated funds and is also threatening to publish details about supporters and donors.

“To the ordinary EDL members: these EDL admins lie to you. They have been using your donations and funds for their personal gain. But don't worry ZHC is here for the audit,” the website states.

In a series of posts sent last night from the ZHC Twitter account, the group said it plans to publish the list of donors sometime today, but will not be including the details of any female members.

“The leak consists of names addresses and email IDs of 25 EDL donors,” the group claimed.

In response, the EDL has moved its site to a new .net address, but the organisation said – in a forum post – that it hopes to move back.

A forum member also denied the site or its server was hacked, and that ZHC gained control by infiltrating a member’s Gmail account and obtaining the .org site's login details.

“The site wasn't hacked, only the domain name ending in .org was hijacked. The contents of the site have not been compromised, nor have any names of donors, sponsors or any personal details been leaked,” said one of the site’s administrators.

“However, there are simple security precautions you can take to help avoid this problem in the future.”