ISIS Hacks CisternYard Radio Twitter Account

Over the College’s spring break in March, CisternYard Radio’s own General Manager Meredith Wohl was shocked to discover that ISIS had hacked an inactive Twitter account associated with CYR. The cyber attack by the extreme Islamist group consisted of tweeting, at least once every minute, with ISIS propaganda and screenshots of a database listing U.S. Marine names, home addresses and phone numbers. CisternYard News reached out to Wohl for more details on the sudden attack.

ISIS takes advantage of inactive social media accounts, hacking them and spreading their message. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons)

ISIS takes advantage of inactive social media accounts, hacking them and spreading their message. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons)

Wohl said that she discovered news of the attack from two “out of place Facebook messages” from former CYR General Manager Thomas Kon Robinson and former host of the CYR radio show The 404, Landon Boozer. According to Wohl, both sent her messages declaring that ISIS had hacked the Twitter account for The 404. “It was frightening…the hacked Twitter account had not been used in an academic school year and the account was originally used by a show that covered issues in modern technology and video games. The targeting of this account seemed completely random,” Wohl said.

Wohl proceeded to inform Dr. Susan H. Payment, the Director of Student Life. Payment contacted the College of Charleston’s press team, IT group and the regional FBI agent. Meanwhile, Boozer informed Twitter of the hacked account, which was summarily deleted two hours later. Wohl then spent two days over break sharing her knowledge of the attack with the FBI. “I found myself emailing the same two screenshots of the account around to various inquiring FBI agents who had nothing but broken cyber links to investigate this peculiar hacking,” Wohl said. “I spent about 30 minutes on the phone with an FBI agent two days after the hacking was discovered.”

In response to the cyber assault, Wohl would caution students to monitor their cyber footprint. “When we post and contribute content to the Internet, that content is online for the rest of forever.” She cautioned students about keeping inactive social media accounts, pointing out that ISIS “took advantage of an inactive account to distribute their propaganda to a new audience.”

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Scott Harvin is a sophomore Communication major with a minor in International Studies in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, he is thrilled to be able to call the wonderful city of Charleston his new home, where he cannot wait to watch the next three years of his life unfold. Other than his academic career at the College, Scott is also a Resident Assistant in McAlister Residence Hall, a tour guide for Charleston 40, a member of the Student Ambassador Program and a News Contributor for CisternYard News. All of this can only mean two things: first, he knows pretty much anything anyone could ever want to know about the College and second, he never sleeps. Despite this, he still finds time to explore his passions for music, photography and adventure, collecting vinyl records while traveling the southeast with close companions to root out the best experiences, restaurants and events the world has to offer. He does all of this while pursuing his ultimate dream: becoming a journalist for a major news branch, preferably in New York, where he hopes to live out the American Dream. “You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.”

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