Even the terrorists aren’t safe from hackers!
The following message was sent out early today from the phone of a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid:
“Leadership council of IEA (Islamic emirate of Afghanistan) announces that Ameer-ul-Mumineen (Mullah Omar) has passed away. May mighty God bless him.”
According to AFP, Mujahid shot back, saying “We strongly reject this claim. We are not aware of such news. Americans have hacked our cellphones with advanced technology and sent the message to the media.”
The Taliban in Afghanistan insisted Wednesday that their leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was alive, saying a text message and Internet posting announcing his death were fake.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press that the early morning announcement about Mullah Omar was the result of a hack.
“He is overseeing operations in the country,” Mujahid told The Associated Press. “Outsiders must have hacked into Taliban phones and the website.” Mujahid blamed U.S. intelligence agencies, saying they were trying “to demoralize the Taliban.”
Mullah Omar has led the decade-long insurgency against the U.S.-led military coalition and the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai. He ruled most of Afghanistan as leader of its Taliban government before the United States and its allies invaded on Oct. 7, 2001, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Does it strike anyone else as strange that the AP is taking statements from the Taliban??? Particularly about folks trying to “demoralize” them? SMH…
So much for the “war on terror.”