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Abu Bakr al-Bigdaddy: Iraqi group hacks IS with lewd parodies of leader

The hacking group trolled IS militants and their supporters [Daeshgram]

Date of publication: 2 July, 2018

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Supporters of Islamic State found their go-to propaganda magazine was hacked after they downloaded what looked like its latest addition.

Supporters of the Islamic State group were in for a surprise after they received news of what at first looked like their leader collaborating with the adult site Pornhub late last week.

Al-Naba'a, a magazine that is specifically catered to supporters of IS looking to join the militant group, was hacked by a group of Iraqi hackers, creating parodies of IS banners and photoshopping IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a club surrounded by women.

Daeshgram's hack led to supporters of the militant group scrambling to warn each other about the fake copy of the magazine, after many had fallen into the hack and downloaded it.

The hack allowed Daeshgram to not only troll IS and its supporters, but created a bug that hacks into the devices that the magazine was downloaded onto.

“So far, we have hijacked ISIS’s Telegram groups, our target is their weekly magazine Naba’a. Naba’a is one of their main media outlets that its members and supporters usually receive online every Thursday or Friday. The main place it is shared is in Telegram groups that are built on trust,” Daeshgram told MailOnline.

“We worked in about 120 IS groups, each containing about 150 members. We have used tens of our own accounts to attack them. Our fake content was posted no less than 500 times and each post was shared many times by ISIS supporters. Members who were expecting publication of the weekly magazine Naba'a instead got fake versions.”

For them, their hacks may be entertaining, but they are also a part of a wider attack on the group that has wrecked their country.

“Our operation is continuing but we have already achieved our goal to confuse and scare ISIS members and make them doubt each other in a place on the internet where they thought they were untouchable,” Daeshgram added.

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