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ISIS hacking group threatens global cyber attack tomorrow

A pro-ISIS hacking group has threatened a massive cyber attack on governments and armies around the world starting with ‘the cursed Unites States’ tomorrow.

Electronic Ghosts of the Caliphate declared in an ominous video to its enemies: ‘We are the hackers of ISIS. We will face you in a massive cyber war.’

One screenshot from the video shows tomorrow’s date with the caption: ‘Black days you will remember.’ 

A pro-ISIS hacking group has threatened a massive cyber attack on governments and armies around the world starting with the US tomorrow

One screenshot from the video shows tomorrow's date with the caption: 'Black days you will remember'

One screenshot from the video shows tomorrow’s date with the caption: ‘Black days you will remember’

The online group is one of many which joined forces to create the United Cyber Caliphate in 2016. It has been dormant until 24 November when it threatened to resume operations. 

‘The group is threatening to penetrate websites including government and military, while identifying America as their first target,’ said Raphael Gluck of monitoring group JihadoScope.

Gluck said it’s unusual for groups to name the date of their attack and suggested the video posted on Monday was an attempt to ‘project a great threat.’

He told IBT: ‘It’s possible that naming a date is a response to ISIS hackers who struck a couple of weeks back and predicted Friday November 17 as their day of activity.’

Electronic Ghosts of the Caliphate declared in an ominous video to its enemies: 'We are the hackers of ISIS. We will face you in a massive cyber war'

Electronic Ghosts of the Caliphate declared in an ominous video to its enemies: ‘We are the hackers of ISIS. We will face you in a massive cyber war’

The group is threatening to penetrate websites including government and military

The group is threatening to penetrate websites including government and military

The increased cyber threat comes as ISIS collapses in Iraq and Syria. 

Yesterday the chairman of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee said: ‘This is the new caliphate – in cyberspace.’

US national security officials told senators that the collapse of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has not diminished the group’s ability to inspire attacks on Western targets via the internet.

Lora Shiao, acting director of intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center, told a US Senate committee: ‘Unfortunately, we don’t see ISIS’ loss of territory translating into a corresponding reduction in its inability to inspire attacks.’ 

‘ISIS’ capacity to reach sympathizers around the world through its robust social media capability is unprecedented and gives the group access to large numbers of homegrown violent extremists,’ Shiao said.

The US-led coalition estimated on Tuesday that fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, where they declared a caliphate in 2014.

The US-led coalition estimated on Tuesday that fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria

The US-led coalition estimated on Tuesday that fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria

ISIS was driven out of Raqqa, the Syrian city it called its capital, in October, prompting President Donald Trump to say ‘the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.’

Yet ‘the elimination of the physical caliphate does not mark the end of ISIS or other global terrorist organizations,’ said Mark Mitchell, acting assistant defense secretary for special operations/low-intensity conflict.

As ISIS loses territory it will become more reliant on virtual connections, he said, and continue to inspire ‘stray dog’ attacks by vulnerable people.

Senators questioned the security officials about US efforts to fight online recruitment of potential extremists.

They described an evolving threat including ISIS’ ability to adapt its narrative after territorial losses to portray the struggle as a long-term process.

The internet is the primary tool for radicalization and no group has been more successful than ISIS in drawing people into its message.   

ISIS was driven out of Raqqa, the Syrian city it called its capital, in October, prompting President Donald Trump to say 'the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.' Pictured: Raqqa in July

ISIS was driven out of Raqqa, the Syrian city it called its capital, in October, prompting President Donald Trump to say ‘the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.’ Pictured: Raqqa in July



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