Group of Muslim hackers from Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah, the Sunni sect of Islam with twitter handle of Di5s3nSi0N hacked the official website of ISIS and leaked a list of more than 2000 people who had subscribed to the site’s newsletter and updates through email.
On Friday Isis issued a message “we have imposed more stringent security measures on our systems. We can now handle email attacks or any type of hack.”
For Di5s3nSi0N, the statement was like a challenge which they accepted and within a day found a security flaw on the site allowing them to steal a list of 1,784 subscribers.
“Challenge complete – too easy!” Di5s3nSi0N activists wrote on Twitter. “2,000 email subscribers hacked from Amaq…what is next?”
Amaq is one of Isis’s key outlets, issuing claims for international terror attacks as well as updates from battles across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The Di5s3nSi0N attack was part of the group’s #silencetheswords campaign. They said “We the steadfast youth of ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jammah [Sunni Muslims] are back to break Daesh.”
While online activists continue their attacks, platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been increasing efforts to identity and remove extremist content.