LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– At first Lynda Hampel was sure the voicemail left on her phone was a scam.
A federal agent asking her to get in touch with him after an alleged hacking on the Arkansas Library Association’s website.
“I didn’t know how to approach it,” Hampel said.
When the association’s webmaster called back, they soon learned someone had indeed got a hold of member’s information.
“Their names, their work institution, their work address, their email,” Hampel said.
The victims include the 600 members of the association who work at libraries across the state including college, school, state and court libraries.
“We just informed the membership to just be aware that someone out there may have their information,” Hampel said.
The group’s webmaster notified the members about that had been hacked but it wasn’t until today they learned who was behind the hacking.
“When you had called me that’s when I realized it was ISIS,” Hampel said.
According to a Newsweek article published Monday, the FBI informed the association that the data that was stolen from the association appeared on a pro ISIS website and that ISIS publishes the lists and calls upon its supporters to target those named in the list.
“This is not right, not a little hometown in Arkansas,” Hampel said.
Hampel is still wrapping her head around the hacking, wondering why the Islamic extremist group targeted a Natural State association.
“Arkansas librarians are innocent and quiet and we stick to ourselves and do what we have to do for our communties,” Hampel said.