CBS News Logo World War III? Not so much: UPI, NY Post Twitter accounts hacked

The Twitter accounts of United Press International and the New York Post were hacked Friday, the latest in a string of Twitter takeovers aimed at news organizations in the last week and a half. The hacked tweets, which were immediately deleted from the Post's account and lingered slightly longer in UPI's feed before being removed, announced fake breaking news stories. One that read, "BREAKING: Chinese anti-ship missile fired at USS George Washington" was followed closely by a supposed update to the story: "US Joint Chief of staff: USS George Washington damaged, US navy now engaged in active combat against Chinese vessels in South China sea." CBS News confirmed with a spokesman for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that no Chinese anti-ship missile was fired at the Navy's George Washington aircraft carrier. Other false tweets said that the Federal Reserve had announced a week-long bank holiday, and that the pope had announced the start of World War III. The hack didn't bear the obvious hallmarks of attacks leveled by the group CyberCaliphate on theTwitter feeds of the Albuquerque Journal and Maryland news station and CBS affiliate WBOC-TV last week and on the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Monday. In each of those cases, the Twitter account profile photos were changed to a face concealed by a scarf with the words "CyberCaliphate" and "i love you isis." The photos on UPI and the Post's Twitter pages were not changed. Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Newsweek Twitter account apparently hacked by pro-ISIS group

The Twitter account of Newsweek was apparently hacked Tuesday by a pro-ISIS group that has previously launched cyber attacks on U.S. media outlets. A group calling itself the "CyberCaliphate" took over the Newsweek Twitter feed, and the banner of the feed showed a man's face covered in a kaffiyeh with the words: "Je suIS IS." The message was an apparent reference to the "Je suis Charlie" message of solidarity that circulated on social media after a deadly assault on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris last month. In one Twitter post on the Newsweek feed, a message read: "While the US and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from the inside." The message went on to say that the group was continuing "CyberJihad" within the Pentagon's computer networks and publishing "confidential documents from the US National Cybersecurity Center." "We can confirm that Newsweek's Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account," Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim said in a statement. "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." Meanwhile, CBS affiliate WBOC-TV, based in Salisbury, Maryland, says its text alert system was compromised by the same group. "Many people received a text - several texts in some cases - from a group calling itself the 'CyberCaliphate,'" the station said in a statement on its website. "WBOC is aware of the situation and is working on fixing the problem." The station's Twitter feed and website were hacked by the same group last month as well. The cyber attack comes on the same day that the Obama administration is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats. Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Anonymous hacks pro-ISIS Twitter accounts, fills them with gay pride

SAN FRANCISCO -- In response to the Orlando mass shooting, the hacker-activist group known as Anonymous has hacked into dozens of pro-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Twitter accounts and infused them with gay pride, CBS San Francisco reported. While San Francisco-based Twitter did not admit that the accounts were hacked, images of the hacked accounts and the Twitter account responsible for the hacking suggest otherwise. "We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service," a Twitter spokesperson told CBS San Francisco on Wednesday. "Since the middle of 2015 alone, we've suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS." Anonymous hacker @WauchulaGhost has been hacking pro-ISIS accounts since at least March 2016, but possibly earlier. Around June 7, the @WauchulaGhost account was posting pornography-related images and slogans such as "I love porn" and Anonymous to pro-ISIS accounts. The Anonymous hacker, or group of hackers, claimed on June 10 to have hacked into about 1,500 pro-ISIS, also referred to as Daesh, Twitter accounts and posted pornographic material. Anonymous also frequently tweets the pro-ISIS accounts' IP addresses, which included users in Turkey, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Jordan, Oman and elsewhere. On June 12, the hacker account @WauchulaGhost said that Twitter had deleted the accounts after they were hacked into and altered by Anonymous. Following the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando -- which the FBI is investigating as both a hate crime and an ISIS-inspired terror attack -- the Anonymous hacker started to infiltrate pro-ISIS accounts and then post images of rainbow flags, non-graphic gay pornography and slogans such as "I'm gay and I'm proud." The pro-ISIS accounts that were hacked were all renamed "Jacked by a Ghost" and most linked to While some of the Continue Reading

‘You can hang out with all the boys!’: Hilarious Twitter account mocks ISIS with song lyrics

ISIS aren’t exactly known for their love of pop music. But Islamic State militants are being mocked by a Twitter account which shows the extremists as if they were enjoying singing karaoke. Each picture of the notorious terror group is accompanied by a hilarious lyric from modern pop stars such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Madonna. The satirical account, @ISIS_Karaoke, has gained nearly 40,000 followers in just a few weeks. The account's biography claims they are “dropping songs, not bombs” as they lampoon the terror group with daily posts that match photos of fighters with song lyrics. One of the most popular tweets shows a fighter carrying their symbolic black flag along with the words to The Village People’s “YMCA.” EDITORIAL: THE ISLAMIC STATE'S UTTER DEPRAVITY Another shows a man delivering a speech made to look like he’s singing along to The Weather Girls’ classic “It’s Raining Men,” while a terrorist brandishing a machine gun is accompanied by the lyrics of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin And Juice.” Pictures frequently show members of the terror group posing with guns and knives, or delivering religious sermons. Other snaps show senior militants addressing groups as they speak in public, and some are stills taken from ISIS’ gruesome execution videos. The account’s posts are frequently shared hundreds of times and they have been praised for mercilessly mocking the terror group. Continue Reading

Newsweek’s Twitter account hacked

Newsweek’s Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday morning by a group claiming to be ISIS Cyber Caliphate. The group tweeted threats to President Obama, the First Lady and their daughters in a message warning of a "Bloody Valentine's Day." The group also declared "Je suIS ISIS," in an image uploaded as the header picture on the Newsweek Twitter profile. The news outlet confirmed the hack and said it had regained control of the account. "We can confirm that Newsweek's Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account. 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," Newsweek said in a statement. Continue Reading

U.S. Central Command Twitter account hacked by ISIS cyber group as White House admits mistake over Paris march

After the U.S. military’s Twitter feed was hacked Monday — and the White House admitted it blundered badly in Paris — President Obama tried to bounce back in a cheery photo op with the San Antonio Spurs. Obama didn’t mention the failure to send a high-ranking administration official to an anti-terror march in France over the weekend and was all smiles welcoming the 2014 NBA champs to the White House. He praised the team — which has many players from abroad, including Frenchman Tony Parker — as “a great metaphor for what America should be all about.” Earlier in the day, White House spokesman Josh Earnest made a rare admission that the administration had erred. “It’s fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile” than the U.S. ambassador, said Earnest following the administration’s inadvertent French diss as more than 40 other world leaders marched in Paris against terror on Sunday. “We want to send a clear message, even in a symbolic context like this, that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our French ally,” Earnest added. “Sending a high-level, highly visible senior administration official to the march would have done that.” Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris to attend a pre-march security summit convened by French President Francois Hollande, but he left before the rally began to return to the U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, who was in India, tried to downplay the criticism by announcing a stopover in France on Friday on his way home. “I really think this is sort of quibbling a little bit,” he said. America’s longstanding alliance with France “is not about one day or one particular moment,” he added. The White House, without giving any details, also suggested security concerns Continue Reading

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack on Muhammad Cartoon Event

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack on a Muhammad cartoon event in Garland, Texas. This is the first time that the terror group has taken credit for an attack in the United States. Still, there’s no proof that ISIS had contact with the two roommates who died in a shootout with police. The terror group made the claim on its Al Bayan radio station, where it called suspects Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi “two soldiers of the caliphate.” Investigators are now poring over the social media profiles of the two suspects. Meanwhile, Simpson’s family said in a statement, “We are sure many people in this country are curious to know if we had any idea of Elton’s plans. To that we say, without question, we did not.” reported: An investigation following the attack revealed a striking connection between at least one of the gunmen and a Twitter account based overseas, suggesting that ISIS operatives had knowledge of the attack beforehand and that the same fighters encouraged the shooters, a counterterrorism source told Fox News. One British-based jihadi in Syria who does not tweet on a regular basis sent out a message within an hour of the attack, praising both men. Another established ISIS Twitter account suggested he had been in contact with one of the gunmen just prior to the attack, using messages such as he tried to reach him but just missed him. The source said the social media appeared to show encouragement and mentoring. Muhammad Cartoon Event Organizer: 'There's a Violent Assault on Free Speech' 'Once Free Speech Goes, It's Over': 'Draw Muhammad' Contest Winner Sounds Off   Continue Reading

DETAILS: Herridge Reports on ISIS Beheading of 2nd American Journalist

Catherine Herridge reported the latest from her sources in Washington after the apparent beheading of a second American journalist by ISIS. The terrorist group released a video today purporting to show Sotloff's execution. BREAKING: Video Purportedly Shows ISIS Beheading 2nd American Journalist Herridge described the short video based on a source who had seen it. It is called the "Second Message to America," following a previous video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The new video begins with President Obama announcing airstrikes in Iraq. Then a person, believed to be Sotloff, speaking under duress, denounces American foreign policy. Sotloff had a shaved head and was wearing an orange jumpsuit. An ISIS terrorist then speaks before the beheading is carried out. U.S. officials have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video. However, a source told Herridge that there had been significant chatter from ISIS Twitter accounts mentioning another "message" to America. Continue Reading

ISIS Sympathizers Hack U.S. Central Command Twitter Account

The Twitter account of U.S. Central Command was apparently hacked and taken over by ISIS sympathizers.  The hackers then started tweeting the names and addresses of U.S. military commanders and threatening U.S. soldiers and their families. Jennifer Griffin reported from the Pentagon this afternoon on the developing situation. The Twitter page @Centcom included a picture and background showing an "I love you ISIS" graphic with the word CyberCaliphate.    The Centcom Twitter page has since been suspended, but its YouTube channel was reportedly hacked as well, and is now also down. The tweets began to spread throughout social media right as President Obama delivered remarks on cybersecurity.  One tweet stated "ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base" and another read, "AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK!" Another threatened, "We won't stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children!" while purporting to include personal information of service members. Central Command officials say they are "aware" of the issue and are "addressing" it. Hear more on this story on Fox News Channel as information comes in. Continue Reading

Twitter stepping up suspensions of ISIS-affiliated accounts: experts

WASHINGTON — The vicious jihadist group known as ISIS has overrun vast stretches of Syria and Iraq — but it’s beginning to lose ground on Twitter. Over the past week, Twitter administrators have stepped up their efforts to suspend accounts affiliated with the extremist group, according to experts tracking ISIS on social media and other sources. Dozens of accounts have been terminated in the past week alone. Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, said 12 official ISIS “provincial-level accounts, upon which they published all news — military, political, social, religious — for that specific area,” were disabled by Twitter on Aug. 11 after operating for months. The next day, ISIS members re-created and advertised the accounts — only to have Twitter disable them, too, Lister said. The accounts were relaunched yet again — and suspended a third time, Lister said. By Saturday morning, just one one inactive account remained. The Daily News has identified at least 10 other Twitter accounts used to spread ISIS propaganda and hate that were suspended in the past week. “ISIS accounts are diminishing,” said Max Abrahms, a Northeastern University assistant professor who studies terror groups. ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or simply the Islamic State, adheres to a harsh interpretation of Islam. ISIS fighters have shot dead countless minority Iraqis and beheaded opponents — and posted stomach-churning photos and videos of their handiwork. The Twitter crackdown matters, terrorism experts say. Terrorists by definition use violent acts to frighten larger populations, and rely on media to reach those they hope to terrorize. ISIS in particular has used social media “to give the impression that this group is unstoppable,” Abrahms said. The group cowed rival groups in Syria and opponents in Continue Reading