While U.S. law enforcement authorities continue trying to sort out the complex mystery of the destructive hack attack on Sony Entertainment, investigators now have a new wave of cyberattacks to contend with.
According to various news accounts, a group calling itself CyberCaliphate has been hijacking the websites and twitter feeds of various media outlets around the country.
Fox News reports that recent online attacks have targeted the website and Twitter feed of a Maryland news station, and the Twitter feed of The Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico.
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That newspaper cyberattack marked the second time in less than two weeks the New Mexico publication has been the focus of hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.
Someone replaced the newspaper’s profile picture with an image that expressed support for Islamic militants. Numerous posts followed, including photos of driver’s licenses belonging to New Mexico residents, inmate profiles and warnings to residents that their confidential information was at risk.
The report posted at foxnews.com goes on to note that investigators don’t know whether these and similar attacks on other media organizations are the work of tech savvy mischief-makers or actual terrorist groups.
It’s unclear whether the hackers are genuine members or even supporters of the Islamic State group. Tech-savvy pranksters routinely make bogus claims or falsify their allegiances in bids to get attention.
You can watch a report from Salisbury, Maryland TV station WBOC — a victim of one of the latest cyberattacks — by clicking on the video above.
h/t: Fox News
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Image Credit: WBOC-TV
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