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Meet the Egyptian hackers taking down ISIS

Meet the Egyptian hackers taking down ISIS
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As the battle against ISIS rages on the ground and in the air, there's another front: The digital war.

It's being fought in part by an Egyptian hacking collective known as the Egyptian Cyber Army, and it's taking down ISIS propaganda as soon as ISIS can post it.

In fact, last week when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a recording with a brand new batch of threats, the new group hacked into the recording and replaced it with a different song and logo for the Egyptian Cyber Army.

Baghdadi "was delivering a message to all extremists all over the Middle East and my country that you have to use your weapons in the faces of the government and our people so we took it down and replaced it with a very popular song," the spokesman of the Egyptian Cyber Army, who claimed to be a 37-year-old former Cairo police officer named Khaled Abubakr (he declined to offer any proof of his identity), told Mashable. "All the people instead of hearing this pig heard our song and laughed."

So who is the Egyptian Cyber Army? According to sources, they are a "loose-knit collective" meaning anyone who wants to mess with the ISIS is welcome. All members are from Egypt, some members are civilians, others have a police or military background, and collectively want to end the terror group's Internet influence and presence.

But it this group really responsible?

Despite their claims, there's "no proof or solid evidence" of their hacks, according to Ramy Raoof, an Egyptian technologist and human rights advocate. ... "I have never taken them seriously."

Whether they're the real deal or not has yet to be seen; however, we can conclude that the ISIS has one more enemy to watch out for. 

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Source: Mashable
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