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FBI launches probe after hackers threaten U.S. first family: White House

The group took control of the Twitter account with the words ‘Je suIS IS,’ referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

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The White House said on Tuesday the FBI has launched an investigation after hackers calling themselves "CyberCaliphate" threatened U.S. President Barack Obama and his family when they took control of Newsweek magazine's Twitter account.

The group, which also took responsibility for hacking Pentagon social media accounts last month, tweeted "#CyberCaliphate Bloody Valentine's Day #MichelleObama! We're watching you, you girls and your husband!"

The group took control of the Twitter account with the words "Je suIS IS," referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

The FBI is investigating the hacking, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, Reuters news agency reported. He did not comment specifically on the threat to the first family.

The Twitter account showed a head wrapped in a black-and-white scarf next to a banner proclaiming "CyberCaliphate."
The "Je suIS IS" was a reference to the phrase "Je suis Charlie" that emerged last month in support of victims of the attack by Islamic militants on Charlie Hebdo in Paris that killed 12 people.

Newsweek removed the "CyberCaliphate" banner and tweets and regained control of the account within 14 minutes, the magazine said. The Islamic State militant group has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and has declared itself a "caliphate."

Several news agencies, including Fox News the Washington Post and CBC, reported on the incident, posting images of the Twitter account cover before it was restored.

The hackers also posted a message intended for the United States in retaliation for its actions in the Muslim world.

"While the U.S. and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, we are destroying your national cybersecurity system from inside," it said.

The message contained a list of names under the heading "brave mujahideen."

(With Reuters)