As if you weren’t already scared enough of Islamic State (ISIS), reports suggest that they’re pretty technologically savvy too and hacked tens of thousands of Twitter accounts last week in retaliation for a drone attack which killed a British IS extremist.
As reported by the Mail Online, an affiliate of the terrorist group, Cyber Caliphate urged its followers to seize control of other social media accounts in order to spread ISIS propaganda.
Although the majority of the Twitter accounts hacked appear to be from Saudi Arabia, there are fears that some British users were also targeted.
The hack meant that, last Sunday, the details of more than 54,000 Twitter accounts, including passwords, were posted online.
In addition, the extremists also posted personal details, including mobile phone numbers, of the heads of the CIA, the FBI and America’s National Security Agency.
Cyber Caliphate have kept a low online profile in recent months (since they briefly took control of a Pentagon-owned Twitter account in January), but reappeared on social media at around 9pm on Sunday. Two hours later, after they were reportedly contacted by a security agency, their Twitter account was suspended.
Speaking to the Mail Online, cyber security expert Tony McDowell said: “It is very worrying that terrorists are gathering data in this way”.
Cyber Caliphate was set up by Junaid Hussain from Birmingham, who was killed by a U.S. drone in a joint operation with the UK in August.