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Old 05-08-2018, 07:50 AM
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Arrow U.s. Soldiers' wives threatened by russian hackers posing as isis fighters: Report

BY TOM PORTER ON 5/8/18 AT 8:20 AM

A Russian hacking group that attempted to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential election posed as hackers from militant group Islamic State (ISIS) and threatened military wives, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

Five military wives received death threats from the ISIS-linked CyberCaliphate group in February 2015, with media outlets reporting at the time that the group’s activities demonstrated the hacking capabilities of the extremist organization.

However, new evidence uncovered by the investigation suggests that the CyberCaliphate was in fact a front for the Russian hacking collective known alternatively as Fancy Bear or APT28, which is also suspected of hacking Democratic Party servers in 2016 and leaking thousands of stolen emails.

One of the women who received the threats, Angela Ricketts, told the agency: "Never in a million years did I think that it was the Russians." She added: "Not only did we play right into their hands by freaking out, but the media played right into it."

The CyberCaliphate is also behind the April 2015 hacking of French broadcaster TV5 Monde, whose signal was knocked out before the CyberCaliphate logo was pasted on its Facebook page and website.

French government officials investigating the hack found evidence linking it not to the Middle East but to Russia.

Yves Bigot, the director-general of TV5Monde, told the BBC in October 2016 that he had been informed by investigators at France's cyber-security agency that hackers had used the jihadist posts to cover their tracks, and that the attackers were Russians from APT28.

The names of the wives targeted were on a digital hitlist used by the Russian hackers provided to the AP by cybersecurity company Secureworks. It also cites research showing that Fancy Bear hackers attempted to gain access to the email accounts of the military wives at around the time of the CyberCaliphate threats.

“Just think of your basic probabilities,” cyber security expert Lee Foster told the AP, claiming that the frequent overlap of targets made it clear the Russian and CyberCaliphate groups are linked.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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