In Response To Twitter’s Crackdown On Extremist Accounts, Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Alleges It Hacked 5,000 Accounts On The Platform

August 23, 2016

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On August 22, 2016, the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group, claimed that it had hacked 5,000 new Twitter accounts in addition to the 5,000 that it previously claimed to have hacked. UCC claims that it is hijacking these hacked accounts in order to further spread its propaganda. Via its Telegram channel, the group hinted that this new wave of hacks was a response to Twitter’s August 18 announcement that it had suspended over 200,000 extremist accounts on its platform over the past six months.

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