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Cyberwar: Cyber Caliphate targets U.S. military spouses; Anonymous hits ISIS

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By Michael Martinez, CNN

Military family activist Liz Snell never thought it would happen to her group: Apparent ISIS sympathizers hacked her group's Twitter account and posted threats against a half dozen or so members.

The threats came just a month after Snell told CNN she wouldn't allow the ISIS-related hack of the U.S. military's Central Command Twitter account to deter her fight to help military spouses in distress.

On Tuesday, the ISIS-connected threats became personal, against her group, Military Spouses of Strength.

"I never thought we would be in this position," Snell said Tuesday after the group's Twitter account was hacked by a group calling itself the CyberCaliphate, which partly refers to ISIS' efforts.

"Initially, I felt scared. I think I would be lying if I didn't, if I said otherwise," Snell said. "I feel a sense of responsibility to our members and followers. Military Spouses of Strength was formed for military spouses to feel that they have a safe place."

For now, the group's Twitter page is indefinitely shut down at Snell's direction, and she's ensuring everyone in her group "is being safe as possible."

Her group promotes the mental well-being of spouses whose partners are U.S. military personnel deployed to the battlefield, often repeatedly.


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