Friday, June 03, 2016

Islamic State Hacking Division

Islamic State Hacking Division or United Cyber Caliphate is the Hacktivist group acting as the cyber army for Islamic State. The hacktivist group had pledged allegiance to Islamic State and its objectives emerging in late 2014. Their recent claims and hacks have put United States and its allies worried pondering the strategy to be adopted as FBI director James Comey stated that his agency does not yet have the capabilities to limit ISIS attempts to recruit Americans through social media.[1][2]
In the recent of attacks by ISHD they managed to deface websites and D-DOS many other.[citation needed]
A list of names and details said to be of American military personnel was released by unknown parties who said they were part of the ISHD, but doubts were raised on the source and nature of the data. [3]
Recently CCA (their new name) have attacked many NGO websites with the redirection to their page as a part of defacement. The websites hacked redirected to which contains CCA logos and messages. This page contains no other malware.


The hacktivist group emerged as Cyber Caliphate with allegedly four prominent hackers including Junaid Hussain (later killed in a US airstrike in Raqqa). By early 2016, the hacker group was decentralized and usually performed lone wolf attacks at multiple targets (websites of coalition countries). By March 2016, the group was still sub-divided into four divisions namely; 'Ghost Caliphate Section', 'Sons Caliphate Army', 'Cyber Caliphate Army' and 'Kalachnikv E-security team'. Cyber Caliphate Army being the prominent group among the four. In April 2016, all the four groups united as 'United Cyber Caliphate' and the news was broadcast through their Telegram channel and other social-media accounts.

Successful Attacks (since mid-2014)[edit]

List of hacked Australian websites
  • Australian airport website defaced.[4]
  • US Central Command's social media outlet (YouTube, Twitter and Facebook feed) taken out for nearly a day.[5]
  • French TV5Monde live feed hacked, social media hacked and defaced with the message "Je Suis ISIS".[6] French investigators later discounted this, instead suspecting the involvement of a hacking group, APT28, allegedly linked to the Russian government.[7]
  • United States' military database hacked in early August and data pertaining to approximately 1400 personnel posted online (PDF of data [1]). [8]
  • United States Air Force's pilots list with detailed personal information posted online.
  • Top secret British government emails hacked. The emails pertained to top cabinet ministers. The intrusion was detected by GCHQ.[9]
  • On April 15, 2016 (Friday), Islamic State hackers under the name UCC successfully hacked 20 Australian websites in a coordinated attack on Australian business. Some of the websites redirected to the website containing their content