ISIS hackers respond to US cyberattacks with threat

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A group of pro-ISIS hackers known as the United Cyber Caliphate responded to cyber attacks mounted by the U.S. against the terror group with a threat.

In a post Vocativ uncovered on the messaging app Telegram, the hackers declared the U.S. is their target and said President Barack Obama "should afford all the consequences." "#Expect the Islamic state #SOON," it said in a post published late Tuesday.

The group also slammed the "technical US-led war" against the Islamic State as "fake" and said it doesn't harm ISIS.

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The threat posted on the United Cyber Caliphate's Telegram account.

The message is not an official statement by the terror group, but marks the time ISIS-affiliated hackers have responded to U.S. cyber attacks. It follows an April 24 New York Times report that Washington is taking the battle against ISIS online, directing its Cyber Command to wage computer attacks that aim to undermine ISIS' abilities to draw new supporters, distribute orders and execute daily functions like pay fighters. "We are dropping cyberbombs," Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work told the paper. "We have never done that before."

It is unclear if the United Cyber Caliphate has been effected by the attacks. They may have offered a response since they're the main group associated with Islamic State's hacking activities. Earlier this week, Vocativ discovered that the group distributed a "kill" list that appeared to include dozens of U.S. government personnel -- people linked to the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the departments of defense, energy, commerce and health and services.

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The United Cyber Caliphate is a merger of three hacking groups, including the well-known Cyber Caliphate Army, which previously released target lists of current and former U.S. government officials, as well as a "kill" list of cops from Minnesota. The Cyber Caliphate Army also falsely claimed to hack Google in February.

The post ISIS Hackers Respond To U.S. Cyber Attacks With Threat appeared first on Vocativ.

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