​ISIS Albuquerque: Hackers Pose As ISIS Militants In Data Breach

Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Dec. 26, 2014

An ISIS Albuquerque hack occurred on a newspaper’s website warning residents that their secrets were being collected through mobile devices. This comes after a newspaper’s website was hacked, replacing the top story with one about a 1971 slaying of a state police patrolman with material that expressed support for Islamic militants, according to The Inquisitr. The ISIS took down the website sometime Wednesday morning in New Mexico.

The group claims to know all personal data from Albuquerque locals such as where we live and eat, even health insurance information. However, the writing of the article is questionable mainly because the group said it won’t stop until President Obama continues the bombing of ISIS positions in the Middle East. The entire Journal website was shutdown for a few hours while the problem was fixed.

Whether it’s a hoax to be from ISIS or not, the Albuquerque Journal is taking the hack very seriously. Just before noon on Wednesday, the Journal posted an article saying they’ve notified the FBI. Federal officials downplayed the hack and said it was limited.

“The newspaper’s servers were not breached and the alterations appear to be limited to that story.”

The ISIS Albuquerque incident is no credible threat to public safety, according to the FBI. The original story was about the murder case before it was changed by hackers posing as Islamic militants, according to Examiner. The federal agency also said it was not aware of any other website attack in New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal published its first article in the fall of 1880 in New Mexico. It is the successor to a newspaper called the Golden Gate, which was established in June of that year. The newspaper has always been a forum for public debate and a medium for information, providing news coverage on important issues throughout the city, state and country.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has thrived and mutated during the ongoing civil war in Syria and in the security vacuum that followed the departure of the last American forces from Iraq. The aim of ISIS is to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria. Terrorists gain ground in Iraq fighting ISIS’ enigmatic terror leader Militants seizing control in Iraq ISIS leader called the new bin Laden.

What’s interesting about the ISIS Albuquerque hack is how the newspaper’s homepage was changed. The hackers posing as Islamic militants claimed it began its “Cyber Jihad” in the city. They also replaced the top news photo with one that read, “I love you ISIS” as the group claims to know all personal data of local residents.

“We broke into your home networks and know everything about you … We know all personal data of Albuquerque locals, where you live, what you eat, your diseases and even your health insurance cards.”

This ISIS Albuquerque cyber attack is the first known hack claiming Cyber Jihad. It’s not known what other networks were breached other than the Albuquerque Journal, notes KOAT 7. The FBI is still investigating the incident.

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