ISIS Hackers Take Down Syria War Monitor Site

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Hackers claiming to be affiliated with ISIS took down the website of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor on Wednesday and threatened its director.

According to the director of the UK-based monitor site Rami Abdel Rahman, the cyber terrorist group replaced the front page of the website with a photoshopped image of him along with a threatening text.

Press TV report:

The manipulated image portrayed Abdel Rahman’s face photoshopped onto the body of an ISIL prisoner in an orange jumpsuit waiting to be executed by a Takfiri terrorist.

The text accompanying the image read “Cyber Army of the Khilafah broke into the computer systems of SOHR … seized control of its website, destroying it, and wiping out the data.”

Abdel Rahman, currently living in the UK, confirmed that the hackers had gained access to the observatory’s servers and corrupted some data.

“We have a copy of all the information that has been published and until the site is back up, we will publish on our Facebook and Twitter accounts,” he said.

SOHR is a foreign-backed opposition group that claims to cover the conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011.

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