ISIS Hacks Newsweek Twitter, Threatens The Obama Family

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The Twitter account for Newsweek was hacked on Tuesday morning by ISIS or its sympathizers. For about half an hour, the news site's feed featured pro-ISIS messages, threats against Michelle Obama and the First Family, and what appeared to be leaked documents. 

At about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, the account for the magazine, which has 2.5 million followers, posted a tweet saying, "Bloody Valentine's Day #MichelleObama! We're watching you, you girls and your husband! #CyberCaliphate," followed by several others. By 11:15 a.m., the Tweets had been deleted.

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The Twitter page's banner was replaced with an image showing a masked figure and reading "Je Suis ISIS" — a reference to the "Je Suis Charlie" hashtag that trended in support of free speech after the shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris last month. 

It's not immediately clear if the hack is by ISIS itself, or a separate group of hackers spreading its message. But, the terrorist group that's taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria has shown high levels of web prowess. In January, ISIS sympathizers hacked the U.S. military's Twitter feed and posted a banner image similar to the one that appeared on Newsweek's page. 
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