Newsweek Twitter, others hacked by CyberCaliphate

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WASHINGTON — CyberCaliphate, a group claiming ties to ISIS, appears to have hacked multiple twitter accounts and the breaking news system of a Maryland television station.

The Twitter feeds of Newsweek and veterans’ group Military Spouses of Strength were hacked Tuesday morning by a group identifying itself as CyberCaliphate, the same organization that was confirmed to have hacked the twitter account for U.S. Central Command earlier this year. According to Newsweek, IBTimes.com, the website of the International Business Times, was also hacked.

The group posted threatening tweets against First Lady Michelle Obama and others, and photos on the two pages that were similar to the postings on the hacked @CentComm twitter feed.

Newsweek Managing Editor Kira Bindrim confirmed the hack in a statement, and said they had 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,” Bindrim said.

Maryland station WBOC tweeted just after 9:30 a.m. that their “text alerts have been hacked by the group calling itself the CyberCaliphate. WBOC is aware of the situation and working to remedy it.”

The station said as many as 16,000 subscribers received threatening messages like the following: “We’re CyberCaliphate! With Allah’s permission we’re coming for you! You’ll see no mercy infidel!”

By Alexandra Jaffe