posted at 16:50
Author: Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Egyptian Cyber Army: The hacker group attacking ISIS propaganda online
There's a new hacking group in cyberspace, and it's going after the Islamic State's online propaganda. Last week, less than 24 hours after ISIS social media accounts posted a threatening message from the group's leader, the audio recording was replaced with a song and its transcript with a logo resembling that of the Egyptian military, accompanied by a writing in Arabic that read "Egyptian Cyber Army.". Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's recording had been hacked, and the operation carried all the hallmarks of a group such as the Syrian Electronic Army. The Egyptian Cyber Army is clearly inspired by the infamous Syrian hacktivist group, but a spokesperson told Mashable that the group's members are all Egyptians - some civilians, some with a military or police background - all sympathizers of the Egyptian government led by former Commander-in-Chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. With its anti-ISIS stance, the group seems to join a motley crew of hacktivists who are trying to counter the terrorist group's influence on the Internet. Experts who have been tracking the group confirmed to Mashable that the group's actions suggest they're pro-government and anti-ISIS, but it's unclear who is really behind the group, and whether they're sanctioned by the Egyptian government. "We are an idea, not only a team," Abubakr said, explaining that the group is a loose-knit collective. The group has claimed to have infiltrated top Islamic State web forums, according to Laith Alkhouri, a researcher with Flashpoint Partners, a company that tracks online jihadists, but they have also claimed to have hit American pro-democracy websites like the Open Society Foundation and the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative.

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