Newsweek Twitter Feed broken by Hacker Claiming Link to Islamic State Militants

Newsweek Twitter Feed broken by Hacker Claiming Link to Islamic State Militants

On Tuesday, Newsweek’s Twitter feed was briefly taken over by someone claiming allegiance to Islamic State militants, sending out several messages with screenshots the hacker claimed were taken from secure U.S. military networks.

“While the US and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from inside,” the hacker posted in a statement on Newsweek’s feed. It said it had obtained “confidential documents from the US National Cybersecutiry [sic] Center.”

There is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security called the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, though none of the tweets offered by the hacker seemed to have any connection to that bureau.

Instead, the Newsweek account briefly tweeted out a military organizational chart, two Pentagon computer or counterintelligence training program diplomas, and some names and addresses of a number of people who appear to have connection to the military. Another tweet directed at first lady Michelle Obama said the hacker was “watching you, you [sic] girls and your husband!”

After roughly 30 minutes, Newsweek regained control of the Twitter feed and the tweets were deleted. Newsweek’s Twitter account has roughly 2.5 million followers.

“We can confirm that Newsweek’s Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account,” a Newsweek spokesperson said. “We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward.”

The Newsweek hack comes a few weeks after similar messages were posted on thehacked Twitter account of the military’s U.S. Central Command.

 

Source : The wall street Journal

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