Newsweek's Twitter account hacked, spews out threats to Obama

Billy Steele
B. Steele|02.10.15

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Billy Steele
February 10th, 2015
Newsweek's Twitter account hacked, spews out threats to Obama

Hackers claiming ties to ISIS took over Pentagon social media accounts last month, and today, the group targeted the media. The so-called CyberCaliphate snatched Newsweek's Twitter feed this morning, communicating threats against President Obama and his family. Representatives for the publication say it has since taken back the account and apologized for the offensive tweets posted during the incident. Commandeering the social feed of a major news outlet was sure to get the President's attention, and it comes just weeks after he announced a big push for stricter cybersecurity legislation. Obama's plan includes increasing the ability of law enforcement to track down those who commit cybercrimes, a federally mandated privacy standard and disclosure requirements when a company -- like Sony -- is breached.

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