ISIS Security Risks: Foreign Extremists are Hacking Domestic Websites
Shockingly, the one and only United States FBI has issued a warning to website owners against potential online attacks from supporters of the well-known group ISIS. Many Americans have seen the extremist group in the media, but until now, most domestic Americans have felt that the extremist group couldn’t harm them because they are on the opposite side of the planet. However, their actions are being felt around the globe. It seems that sympathizers of the organization have WordPress sites in their crosshairs and have been exploiting code vulnerabilities for their own purposes. In fact, the attacks have become so concerning that the FBI has issued a public service announcement.
Who is Being Targeted?
To date, there is no clear understanding of why certain websites have been attacked. It seems that they may be exploiting anything they can get their hands on. The affected targets have been a smattering of diverse types of websites such as domestic US websites, foreign websites, and governmental websites (both domestic and foreign) from different levels of the governmental hierarchy as well as religious websites. No clear pattern or motive has been determined, but what is clear is that ISIS is wreaking havoc on unprotected sites that contain exploitable code vulnerabilities.
To be frank, these attackers are not using highly advanced and sophisticated means to exploit websites. However, having said that, they are still undeniably wreaking havoc on unsuspecting websites and businesses. Though many Americans have felt the bite of the ISIS supporters’ exploitation, other countries have also experienced damages as a result of the online attacks. For example, at least 600 various businesses in Russia have also been taken advantage of.