A group of pro-ISIS hackers known as the United Cyber Caliphate responded to cyber attacks mounted by the U.S. against the terror group with a threat.
In a post uncovered on the messaging app Telegram, the hackers declared the U.S. is their target and said President Barack Obama “should afford all the consequences.” “#Expect the Islamic state #SOON,” it said in a post published late Tuesday.
The group also slammed the “technical US-led war” against the Islamic State as “fake” and said it doesn’t harm ISIS.
The message is not an official statement by the terror group, but marks the time ISIS-affiliated hackers have responded to U.S. cyber attacks. It follows an April 24 New York Times report that Washington is taking the battle against ISIS online, directing its Cyber Command to wage computer attacks that aim to undermine ISIS’ abilities to draw new supporters, distribute orders and execute daily functions like pay fighters. “We are dropping cyberbombs,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work told the paper. “We have never done that before.”
It is unclear if the United Cyber Caliphate has been effected by the attacks. They may have offered a response since they’re the main group associated with Islamic State’s hacking activities. Earlier this week, Vocativ discovered that the group distributed a “kill” list that appeared to include dozens of U.S. government personnel — people linked to the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the departments of defense, energy, commerce and health and services.
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Amid reports that China is gearing up to conduct one more anti-satellite weapons test (ASAT) putting US Global Positioning System (GPS) at risk, Chinese state media today asserted that Beijing had the right to carry out the test as it is a “trump card” against Washington.
China may be gearing up to perform a controversial ASAT test this month, perhaps in the next week or two, US media report said.
“In 2007 and 2010, China conducted anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests, both on January 11. Rumours circulating for the past few months suggest that some within the US defence and intelligence community believe China is preparing to conduct another ASAT test,” Union of Concerned Scientists, a Cambridge-based body of scientists reported.
China’s previous tests caused concern in India too with assertions by the Indian defence officials that New Delhi also should acquire such a capability.