The FBI is investigating several instances of hacked social media accounts belonging to media outlets. On Tuesday morning, the Albuquerque Journal and Maryland WBOC 16’s Twitter accounts were among the first to be hijacked, according to the New York Daily News. The group Cyber Caliphate, hackers who are associated with the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, are taking credit for the attacks and say they will reach every US state.
The terrorists posted personal information such as driver’s licences, corrections records and lists of hundreds of names and addresses to the accounts. “You’ll see no mercy infidels. We are already here, we are in your PCs, in each house, in each office. With Allah’s permission we began with New-Mexico and will come to every state, inshallah,” a post on the Cyber Caliphate Facebook page that was removed said. “We won’t stop…We know all your personal data: where you live, what you eat, your diseases, and even your health insurance cards.”
Security breaches are on the rise this year with several major companies experiencing hacks of varying severity using a variety of methods. JP Morgan,Kmart, Dairy Queen, Home Depot, Xbox, ICANN and Sony have all been the target of hacks designed to obtain sensitive data.
On Tuesday, there were several posts made by the group to the WBOC Twitter account. As of noon EST on Wednesday, WBOC hasn’t removed the tweets posted by hackers because they still don’t have access to the account.
“We do not have control over our Twitter handle yet, but we have regained control over our website,” Craig Jahelka, station general manager at WBOC, told New York Daily News. Jahelka said WBOC is still waiting for someone at Twitter to help it regain control of their Twitter handle. The local law enforcement and the FBI are currently investigating the incident. The station has no idea why it was targeted.
Cyber Caliphate began with a post to the WBOC account Tuesday at 9:04 am that said, “With Allah’s permission we began with New-Mexico and we are in Tennessee now. We hacked FBI databases.#CyberCaliphate.” The group also posted a link to its site where stolen confidential documents on PasteBin are shown.
[Tweet Social Media Accounts Belonging to US News Outlets Hijacked by #ISIS #Hackers #CyberCaliphate http://ow.ly/GWPYO]The Albuquerque Journal site was previously hacked in December. Its homepage was edited to show material that expressing support for ISIS.
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment by the New York Daily News.