London: The dreaded Islamic terror group ISIS has hacked at least 54,000 Twitter accounts including those belonging to top brass of US intelligence agencies like CIA and FBI, as a revenge for the drone attack that killed a British Islamic State fighter.
A group called Cyber Caliphate, set up by Junaid Hussain from Birmingham, urged its followers to take control of the accounts to spread IS propaganda. Most of the victims appear to be based in Saudi Arabia, though some are feared to be British.
In what experts described as a worrying escalation of the global cyber war, details of more than 54,000 Twitter accounts, including passwords, were posted online last Sunday.
It raised the prospect of genuine account holders watching helplessly as IS rhetoric appears under their names. One victim, a half-British engineer based in Saudi, said: ‘I am horrified at how they got hold of my details.’ The extremists also posted hacked personal details, including mobile phone numbers, of the heads of the CIA, the FBI and America’s National Security Agency.
Hussain led IS’s computer hacking division before he was killed by a US drone in a joint operation with the UK in August. His widow, mother-of-two Sally Jones from Kent – known as ‘Mrs Terror’ – is on a Government list of the most dangerous British recruiters for IS.
Since Hussain’s death, Cyber Caliphate, which briefly took control of a Pentagon-owned Twitter account in January, has kept a low online profile.
(With Inputs from Daily Mail)