Pro-ISIS Hacker Group ‘Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail’ Defaces Websites In U.S., Kenya, Macedonia

July 10, 2017

The pro-ISIS hacker group Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail appears to have become active again, having reportedly hacked government websites in the U.S., Kenya, and Macedonia.

Previously, in 2014, the group had hacked the website of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party of Murcia[i] and the website of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.[ii]

More recently, on January 7, 2017, it was reported that the group had hacked the website of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) of Kenya, taking the website offline for several hours. While the NEMA website was down, “Moroccan Islamic Union Mail was here” scrolled across the page.[iii]

On April 16, 2017, it was reported that the group had hacked Macedonian government websites, including five local government websites, a government website for students, and the website of a government department for the protection of cultural heritage. The message with which the group defaced the Macedonian sites was: “list of high profile websites of macedonia are Hacked by / Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail / Viva & Free palestine.”[iv]

One July 5, 2017, it was reported that the group had hacked the government website of Stearns County, Minnesota. From approximately 2:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. local time, the website was redirected to a blank page that read: “Hacked by Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail, this is not an attack we are just testing some tricks.”[v]

[i] See MEMRI CJL report Moroccan Hackers Target Website For Spanish Socialist Workers Party Of Murcia, May 9, 2014.

[ii] See MEMRI CJL report Moroccan Hackers Target Massachusetts Maritime Academy Website, October 14, 2014.

[iii] standardmedia.co.ke, January 7, 2017.

[iv] diff3.com, April 16, 2017.

[v] voiceofalexandria.com, July 5, 2017.