Monday, January 12, 2015

Terrorism on the Keyboard? -by Legal Pub

It is clearly a different world.  Power may no longer mean who has the most guns.  Technology may now be a better indication of one's standing in the world.  Even terrorist groups seem to grasp the importance of technology.  To further illustrate the point, hackers apparently temporarily took control of the U.S. Department of Defense Central Command Twitter and You Tube page. The cyber hackers claim to be associated with the Islamic State known as ISIS.  More specifically, "Cyber Caliphate" took over the @CENTCOM Twitter account for around a half hour. For a short period of time, the CENTCOM YouTube page  displayed ISIS propaganda videos according to NBC News.

"AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK, ISIS," was a message displayed by insurgents. In a tweet, hackers warned:
"...We broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.  You'll se no mercy infidels.  ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.  With Allah's permission we are in CENTCOM now.  We won't stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children..."

Another tweet published allegedly internal documents outlining multiple military scenarios involving China and the Korean peninsula. The most ironic part is that the hacking was occurring while President Obama spoke about the need for more rigid online security. Business InsiderHuffington Post.

 "CyberCaliphate" has in the past taken credit for hacking a Maryland television station and the Albuquerque Journal newspaper. The DoD website was also running very slow after the hacking started.  It is unclear why; however, power is knowledge and right now the good guys don't know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The world is changing... and fast.