ISIS-Aligned Hackers Take Over Newsweek Twitter, Threaten Obamas

Giuseppe Macri Tech Editor
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Pro-ISIS hackers seized control of Newsweek’s Twitter account this morning and posted a tweet threatening First Lady Michelle Obama, President Obama and their children.

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After taking control of the feed, the hackers changed Newsweek’s profile and background images to those of an Islamist militant, which were previously used when pro-ISIS hackers using the same #CyberCaliphate hashtag took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command last month. (RELATED: U.S. Central Command Twitter Hacked By Cyberattackers Claiming To Represent ISIS)

The attackers tweeted the threat multiple times along with tweets leaking supposedly sensitive documents — a claim which was also made by the CENTCOM hackers in January. Many of those documents were later found to be publicly available online.

“While the U.S. and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you,” another tweet read.

Newsweek appears to have regained control of the account, and all of the photos and posts by the attackers have since been removed.

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