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Newsweek Twitter Hacked

Matthew Campanella / February 10, 2015 at 6:14 PM / News, Technology

The twitter account of Newsweek magazine was hacked earlier this morning.

The Cyber-Caliphate’s resume is becoming larger and larger as time goes by.  They have in the past hacked the twitter accounts of such diverse targets as the United States Central Command, Taylor Swift, as well as being in some way linked to Lizard Squad’s hack of the Malaysian Airlines website.  Earlier today a group referring to themselves as the Cyber-Caliphate replaced Newsweek’s header photo to that of a masked man and the words ‘Je suis ISIS’, as well as replacing the profile picture to the same masked man.    These pictures were similar, if not identical, to the ones used when the United States Central Command was hacked almost one month ago.

Newsweek would later regain control of their twitter account, but not before some seemingly threatening tweets were launched.  The first of these tweets was addressed to the first lady of the United States:

Bloody Valentine’s Day #MichelleObama! We’re watching you, you girls and your husband! #CyberCaliphate

After this tweet, the account then published an image which contained the text:

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, under the flag of the Islamic State CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad.
While the US and its Satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from inside.
With Allah’s permission we continue CyberJihad inside Pentagon’s computer networks. Today we publish confidential documents from the US National Cybersecurity Center. (
The Islamis State is already here, CyberCaliphate got into your PCs. We know everything about you and your relatives and we’re much closer than you can even imagine.
You’ll see no mercy infidels!

These confidential documents has not of yet materialized.   Considering the grandier of the rest of the message, it might be little more than an empty threat.

This attack comes in the wake of a counter attack by the hacker group Anonymous, who recently launched a campaign attacking ISIS’ online presence.

Are these Twitter attacks on the part of groups claiming links to ISIS a demonstration of real power, or just a show of bravado?

Matthew Campanella

A firm believer that technology is making the world a better place who hopes to share the revelation with other. Professional tramp, amateur writer. Huge nerd, occasional gamer.