February 13, 2015
A cyber group purporting to be affiliated with the Islamic State militants, calling themselves Gasper CyberCaliphate Sadz, has claimed responsibility for a targeted attack against U.S. Navy wives, delivering a very specific and eerie personal message.
According to Military.com, the ISIS sympathizers hacked into the Twitter account of Military Spouses of Strength on Tuesday and assumed at least one of the women’s identities but replaced her profile picture with one of cyber jihad, then used the account to send out threatening messages to several other members of the social media group, calling them out by name.
“You think you’re safe but the IS is already here, CyberCaliphate got into your PC and smartphone,” one menacing post said. Another stated an alert to the group about being in possession of personally identifiable information. “We know everything about you, your husband and your children and we’re much closer than you can even imagine. You’ll see no mercy infidel!”
“Initially I was very scared. Whenever someone calls you out by first and last name that’s going to get your attention,” Lori Volkman said, who was among the targeted military wives.
Each of the targeted women reportedly received friend requests on their Facebook accounts, which came with the warning, “While your president and your husband are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we’re coming for you.”
The threatened wives informed the FBI about the online breach and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. The FBI has not commented on the case since having received it sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Commenting on a CNN article regarding a threat of ISIS targeting military families, with specific mention made of these spouses who had been hit online, one of the women, Amy Bushtz, who is also an editor at Military.com, stated, “Being singled out by a potential terrorist organization is unnerving but I have no intention of living in fear or changing my life.” Bushatz’s husband is in the Army and the couple have two young boys.
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