Newsweek’s Twitter account got hacked yesterday by a group declaring its affiliation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Between 10:45 and 10:59 a.m. on February 10, the hackers sent a brief barrage of tweets which, they claimed, exposed official state secrets.
The hackers changed the @Newsweek account’s profile picture to show a picture of a man, whose head is obscured by a tightly-wound scarf. The banner showed the word CyberCaliphate under which was the message ‘Je su IS IS.’
A tweet posted two days ago threatened First Lady Michelle Obama with a “bloody valentine’s day,” saying, “we’re watching you, your girls and your husband.” The magazine’s account then tweeted a series of images that the hackers said were “confidential documents:”
During the time the group had control of the account, it tweeted threats to Michelle Obama and also lauded “cyber jihad.” Also tweeted were images the hackers said were confidential, including pictures from the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy and the Pentagon.
Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim confirmed the hack in a brief statement: “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.”
The FBI is investigating the hack due to the threatening nature of the tweets targeting the Obamas.CyberCaliphate is also suspected to be responsible for the hacks of the International Business Times’ website and the Twitter account of the Latin Times.