Alleged ISIS cyber terrorists infiltrate media Twitter accounts, post sensitive information and documents
By RYAN GORMAN
Hackers claiming to be affiliated with ISIS appear to have taken over the Twitter feeds of a Delmarva television station and the Albuquerque Journal newspaper.
The "CyberCaliphate" has fired off dozens of militant tweets since noon Tuesday and boasted of hacking multiple FBI databases around the country.
"CyberCaliphate hacked FBI databases. INFIDELS, NEW YEAR WILL MAKE YOU SUFFER," reads one of the haunting messages on the Twitter account of CBS affiliate WBOC.
"With Allah's permission we began with New-Mexico and we are in Tennessee now. We hacked FBI databases. #CyberCaliphate," brags another.
Station general manager Craig Jahelka confirmed to Maryland radio station WGMD that the Twitter account is under siege after the extremists also took over WBOC's website.
"We have managed to take back control of WBOC.com," said Jahelka. "We have contacted Twitter to let them know that our account has been hacked, but they haven't done anything yet.
"We're pretty sure they got in using the log-in and password of one of our members in the news department," he continued. "We're not sure how they got it, but when they got in they somehow managed to figure out two other employees' log-ins and passwords."
Jahelka confirmed to AOL News that no staffing changes have recently taken place. Current or former disgruntled employees have been conclusively ruled out.
"We have no idea why or what this is about, or why we are targeted," he told AOL News. "We have no connection to any of this, there's no local connection, there's no person in our viewing area.
"Why would they, of the 1200-some-odd big four network affiliate TV stations in the U.S., why target the CBS and Fox affiliate in Maryland?" Jahelka asked.
Documents obtained from an online repository linked to from the television station's Twitter appear to be from Stewart County, Tennessee. They include federal bulletins on how to handle anti-police protests related to Ferguson, government invoices and contracts, court documents and even letters.
Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner confirmed to AOL News the county documents are legitimate and were stolen from government servers.
"They went through our server, this is supposed to be a secure server," Joiner lamented. "We will have to talk to [the contractor who administers the servers].
"This is a shock," Joiner said about the developments. He could not recall a single similar incident in the past.
Tweets sent from the Albuquerque Journal's Twitter account have included the personal information and possibly sealed criminal records of hundreds of people in New Mexico.
Pictures of driver's licenses, corrections records and spreadsheets with hundreds of names complete with addresses and phone numbers are being made public.
The alleged terrorists claim to have stolen the information directly from citizens' computers.
In both document dumps, treasure troves of files were posted to PasteBin, a website previously used by terror-linked individuals in the past.
Jahelka confirmed to AOL News that the FBI is now investigating the incident.
An AOL News message left with the FBI seeking further comment has yet to be returned.