Notts Police has revealed hackers did not manage to get any police information when they temporarily took over the force’s website.
The force were the victims of a viral attack, after their website was hacked by a group calling themselves AnonGhost for about 20 minutes.
Notts Police Chief Constable Chris Eyre said: “It is very important to distinguish between the external website, which is separate to the unaccessible intelligence.”
“The matter has been resolved and is now under investigation.”
At the time of the cyber attack, anyone who clicked on the force’s web address - www.nottinghamshire.police.uk , were greeted with a macabre image and a pro-jihadi message, instead of the usual homepage.
The image showed a picture of a skull merged with what appears to be the Guido Fawkes logo and a headline which reads - Kilafar Will Transform the World.
Spooky music was also being played and a message read: “Hi Uk Police , where is the security ? We are here to punish you ! since you have been suporting israel.”
“Because we are the voice of Palestine.”
“We will not remain silent ! Muslims are everywhere.”
“We will enter to Palestine soon :) remember this :D”
It is not known whether the cyber attack was a hoax or from a genuine terror organisation at this stage.
However the police are now investigating the issue.
After around 20 minutes the post was removed and visitors were greeted with a blank white page.
At the time, Notts Police tweeted: “We are aware of an issue with our website. We are working now to fix the problem.”
After the news broke of the hacking on Notts Police website, it caused a storm on social media, with people saying things such as: “And yet another data protection issue yet I’m expected to trust government departments and by Law must provide my details to them”, and: “An interesting for Notts Police, first the shooting, then the website being hacked.”