Hackers take down ISIS site, put up Viagra banner ad

The jihadist group ISIS has made their Internet and social media presence an essential part of their propaganda and recruitment strategy. But where they see advantages in the digital realm, there are also many dangers.

New York reports that “a hacking collective called GhostSec (not to be confused with the more legitimate Ghost Security Group)” have “replaced an alleged ISIS recruitment site on the dark web with a good weed reference and a banner ad for an online pharmacy” that sells Viagra and other popular drugs for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.   

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It’s hard to say whether GhostSec orchestrated this attack with any sort of moral imperative in mind or just had a lot of Adderall to unload. Either way, I’d hate to be ISIS’s IT guy right now. 

H/T New York | Photo via Toshiyuki IMAI/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'