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.
Their goal is to defend al-Sisi’s governments against any opponent, such as the Muslim Brotherhood or ISIS, according to the group as well as experts who’ve been tracking it. 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.
Baghdadi “was delivering a message to all extremists all over the Middle East and my country that you have to use your weapons in the faces of the government and our people so we took it down and replaced it with a very popular song,” the spokesman of the Egyptian Cyber Army, who claimed to be a 37-year-old former Cairo police officer named Khaled Abubakr (he declined to offer any proof of his identity), told Mashable. “All the people instead of hearing this pig heard our song and laughed.”.. see more