A news agency affiliated with the Islamic state was recently hacked and began to spread malware. The ISIS propaganda machine, Amaq, is considered the official news of the radical Islamic group. ISIS is the perpetrator of devastating terrorist attacks worldwide. Amaq’s official server was hacked and their domain was compromised on Wednesday.
It is reported that Amaq has been targeted by many international law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Cyber Command since it’s inception in 2014. The abundance of cyber-attacks has resulted in many changes to the servers and domain names.
In this case, visitors were prompted to download a malware-laden FlashPlayer file. Per a cyber intelligence firm, “The file might have aimed to infect machines in order to track the individuals who download the allegedly infected file rather than just merely damage their machines. The likelihood is that this attack if ascertained, was not financially motivated.”