Cyber Caliphate, group claiming ISIS affiliation, hacks U.S. news outlets’ Twitter accounts
The Twitter Accounts of United States Media websites, Albuquerque Journal and WBOC, a Maryland TV Station, were taken over by a cyber hacker group called Cyber Caliphate. The Cyber Caliphate group which claims to be associated with the extremist terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) took over both the Twitter hands of both media outlets at 9.30 am and began sharing images which it claimed was “confidential data from (locals) computers.” The data leaked by Cyber Caliphate included photos of driver’s licenses and jail records.
It also changed the display banner and profile images to show a black and white image with the words ” Mujahid CyberCaliphate,” “Ad-Virtuali” and “I love you isis,” as well as the ISIS flag and a man’s face concealed by a head scarf.
The FBI has been notified of the incident and is currently investigating the hack attack. A ABQ Journal web staff member Nancy Tipton said that the publication is not currently commenting in detail on the alleged cyber attack. “At this point we’re working to secure things,” said Tipton.
One of the post read as follows
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad.”
While another post stated “There is no law but Sharia.”
Other posts made from the Journal’s page include links to a Facebook page associated with Cyber Caliphate. Some include photos claiming to have pulled information from FBI databases, and spreadsheets of information the group alleges came from the computers of local residents.
The Journal’s Twitter has returned to normal with all posts and photos relating to the hack removed as of 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, but the WBOC Twitter is still under the control of the hackers. There is also a Pastebin link claiming to be hacked FBI database, the veracity of the same has not been confirmed by investigators.
Earlier on Dec, 24, Albuquerque Journal’s website was taken by alleged ISIS hackers and they claimed to have accessed confidential information of Albuquerque locals, including where they eat, live and health insurance information.
Both of the news outlets’ websites and Facebook pages appear to be untouched.