ISIS’ 9/11 Cyber Hack Threats Fail To Materialize

Anti-ISIS hactivists are lampooning ISIS threats to infiltrate U.S. government security on 9/11 anniversary

Sep 11, 2015 at 10:26 AM ET

ISIS’ cyber threats, heralded a day before the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, have so far failed to materialize. Several ISIS-linked accounts spent Friday announcing alleged dumps of classified government information, all of which turned out to be either outdated or data that was already public.

ISIS users claimed to have penetrated the FBI security and released a list purporting to be email addresses and passwords of the bureau’s personnel. As it turned out, the list was a duplicate of one released by infamous hacking group LulzSec back in 2012.

Another acclaimed “attack” was actually a list posted on NASA’s own website in 2014. A third effort was alleged to be a leaked list of White House employee information. A volunteer with Ghostsec, an Anonymous affiliate fighting ISIS online, revealed the hack was actually a previously leaked list of House of Representative staffers from 2013.

In the meantime, GhostSec and other Anonymous hacking groups managed to take down several ISIS-connected websites. Some of ISIS’ most prominent forums, including a propaganda website and a video-hosting site, were all taken down on Friday.

Twitter users following the #AmericaUnderHacks campaign also co-opted the hashtag ISIS had used for the occasion, to mock the group for its failed efforts.