Newsweek, other media Twitter accounts hacked by IS-affiliated group

By Amy R. Connolly

NEW YORK CITY , N.Y., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Twitter accounts belonging to three news organizations, including Newsweek, were hacked by "Cyber Caliphate," a group claiming to have a connection to the Islamic State terrorist group.

The group hijacked the Newsweek's account about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and posted a series of tweets, including a threat to first lady Michelle Obama and her family. The FBI is investigating. The International Business Times, the Latin Times and a subsidiary Newsweek Tumblr account were also hacked. Newsweek, the IBT and the Latin Times share a parent company.


"We can confirm that Newsweek's Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account," Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim said. "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."

During the hack, the profile picture and banner were replaced with an image of a masked man and the message "Je suIS IS." Newsweek regained control of the site after about 15 minutes.


Cyber Caliphate is said to be also responsible for hacking the Twitter accounts for the United States Central Command and pop star Taylor Swift last year.

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