Thursday 23 November 2017

Hackers take control of Newsweek site and threaten Obama

Hackers going by the name of 'CyberCaliphate' threatened Barack Obama and his family after they took control of 'Newsweek' magazine's Twitter account yesterday
Hackers going by the name of 'CyberCaliphate' threatened Barack Obama and his family after they took control of 'Newsweek' magazine's Twitter account yesterday

Rachael Alexander

Hackers calling themselves "CyberCaliphate" threatened US President Barack Obama and his family when they took control of 'Newsweek' magazine's Twitter account yesterday with the words "Je suIS IS", a reference to Isil and the deadly attack at French magazine 'Charlie Hebdo'.

The group, which also took responsibility for hacking Pentagon social media accounts last month, tweeted "#CyberCaliphate Bloody Valentine's Day #MichelleObama! We're watching you, your girls and your husband!"

The Twitter account showed a head wrapped in a black and white scarf next to a banner proclaiming "CyberCaliphate".

The "Je suIS IS" was a reference to the phrase "Je suis Charlie" that emerged last month in support of victims of the attack by Islamic militants on 'Charlie Hebdo' in Paris that killed 12 people.

'Newsweek' removed the "CyberCaliphate" banner and tweets and regained control of the account within 14 minutes, the magazine said.

The Islamic State militant group has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and has declared itself a "caliphate".

The hackers also posted a message intended for the US in retaliation for its actions in the Muslim world.

"While the US and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from inside," it said.

The message contained a list of names under the heading "brave mujahideen".

The group took responsibility for the intrusion last month of the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US Central Command, which oversees operations in the Middle East. The hackers claimed to be sympathetic toward Islamic State, which is being targeted in bombing raids by a US-led coalition.

At the time, several current and former US security and intelligence officials said they had never heard of the "CyberCaliphate". They noted that Twitter accounts were more vulnerable to cyber intrusions than many company or government websites. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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