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    US military wives threatened by Russian hackers posing as IS


    Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone from hackers threatening to slaughter her family.


    “Dear Angela!” the Facebook message read. “Bloody Valentine’s Day!”


    “We know everything about you, your husband and your children,” the message continued, claiming that the hackers operating under the flag of Islamic State militants had penetrated her computer and her phone. “We’re much closer than you can even imagine.”


    Ricketts was one of five military wives who received death threats from the self-styled CyberCaliphate on the morning of Feb. 10, 2015. The warnings led to days of anguished media coverage of Islamic State militants’ online reach.


    Except it wasn’t IS.


    The Associated Press has found evidence that the women were targeted not by jihadists but by the same Russian hacking group that intervened in the American election and exposed the emails of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta.


    The brazen false flag is a case study in the difficulty of assigning blame in a world where hackers routinely borrow one another’s identities to throw investigators off track. The operation’s attempt to hype the threat of radical Islam also presaged the inflammatory messages pushed by internet trolls during the U.S. presidential race.

    Are we doing anything about this?

    https://www.apnews.com/4d174e45ef5843a0ba82e804f080988f
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    I really wonder what we can do? The internet is a world wide thing and sure we can do stuff here in the US, and should be, but we cant go after these hackers they are in Russia. I know we tried blocking some previously but they can change IP addresses in seconds. Now they can fool us and make it look like they are elsewheres too. I really am thinking the anonymity we enjoy here on this forum and all over the internet will go away at some point. We will end up with personal IDs to use the internet so we can be traced.

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    Well, I think if we got together with our allies we might be able to pressure Russia into stopping. But that's not going to happen as long as Trump is president. He's not going to do a damn thing about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Well, I think if we got together with our allies we might be able to pressure Russia into stopping. But that's not going to happen as long as Trump is president. He's not going to do a damn thing about it.
    I doubt EU would do anything either. Remember many of them rely on Russia for their heating. It would be suicide to do that with Putin. Also from what I read, they are too being infiltrated by Russian bots and hackers.

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    How do they know it was Russians? Did they trace the IP addresses or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    NO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    How do they know it was Russians? Did they trace the IP addresses or something?
    It's right in the article.
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