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Official Newsweek Twitter account apparently hacked by 'Islamic State CyberCaliphate'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The official Twitter account for Newsweek was apparently hacked Tuesday morning. 

Just before 11 a.m., the account displayed a cover photo displaying a hooded individual in black-and-white with the words "CYBERCALIPHATE" and "Je suIS IS" clearly visible.

During this period, the Newsweek Twitter account posted an image with the following words:

"In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, under the flag of the Islamic State CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad.

While the US and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq an Afghanistan, we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from inside.

With Allah's permission we continue CyberJihad inside Pentagon's computer networks. Today we publish confidential documents from the US National Cybersecurity Center...

The Islamic State is already here, CyberCaliphate got into your PCs. We know everything about you and your relatives and we're closer than you can even imagine.

You'll see no mercy infidels!"

The message ends with, "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet! There is no law but Sharia!"

The appearance of the site was similar to an incident when the U.S. Central Command Twitter account was hacked last month.

Shortly after 11 a.m. the messages disappeared.

The magazine issued a statement a short time later:

At 10:45 a.m., the Newsweek Twitter account, @Newsweek, was hacked by a group calling themselves the "Cyber Caliphate." The group claimed to be affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) and has previously hacked @Centcom, the Twitter account of the United States Central Command, as well as the official Twitter account of Taylor Swift. The Newsweek account remained hacked for 14 minutes until 10:59 a.m., when Twitter's support team regained control of the account at the publication's request.

"We can confirm that Newsweek's Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account," Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim said in a statement. "We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward."

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