Anti-Isis hacktivists compromise terrorists' website

Hack also exposes the email addresses of nearly 2,000 alleged subscribers

Hacktivists have cracked into one of terror organisation Isis's main online outlets, Amaq, exfiltrating the details of over 1,700 newsletter subscribers.

Amaq has been described as Isis's official news agency and had recently suffered other attacks on its email systems in particular. On Friday night, The Independent reports, it sent an email statement to subscribers saying that in response to these attacks it had "imposed more stringent security measures on [its] systems" and could now "handle email attacks or any other type of hack".

In response, a Muslim hacking collective called Di5s3nSi0N, which had claimed responsibility for an earlier hack on the Amaq email system, tweeted a "challenge accepted" meme. Three hours later, another email was sent out from the Amaq account stating: "Daesh...shall we call you dogs for your crimes or snakes for your cowardice? We are the bugs in your system." Daesh is another commonly used term for Isis.

The email also contained a list of 1,784 emails, allegedly belonging to Amaq newsletter subscribers, which The Independent says has verified as being real accounts.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

Although the Amaq site was down for some time on Saturday as well, thanks to apparent cyber attacks, it now appears to be back online. However, Di5s3nsi0n has threatened to take the site offline again on 17 November.

Main image credit: Di5s3nsi0n via Twitter

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now

Most Popular

cloud computing

Google Cloud snaps up multi-cloud analytics platform for $2.6bn

13 Feb 2020

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a testament to Satya Nadella’s strategic nouse

14 Feb 2020
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020