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Military Spouse Threatened by ISIS Won't Live in Fear

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 08:19 PM

A blog editor for Military.com says she was among the military spouses who last month received threatening —  and frightening —  personalized tweets from Islamic State (ISIS) hackers —  but vows she won't be bowed by the jihadist terrorists.

"I want to face this whole situation with a resolute jaw and a loud 'being afraid means the terrorists win'," writes SpouseBuzz blog managing editor Amy Bushatz.

"[B]eing singled out by someone claiming to be with a fairly terrifying terrorist organization? That’s scary," she writes. "Knowing that, thanks to my job and public profile, my town of residence, spouse’s name and occupation, base, kid’s names and more wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to locate online? More than unnerving.

"But I don’t think it’s the fear itself that matters. … it’s the living in fear that gives them the victory. I’m not giving them the victory."

Bushatz writes Tuesday the "personalized tweet from someone claiming to be with ISIS" occurred after the Twitter account of a military spouse who owns a spouse-focused non-profit was hacked by a group apparently affiliated with the Islamic State group.

"The hackers then tweeted messages aimed at specific military spouses, including myself," she writes.

"Amy Bushatz! You think you’re safe but the IS is already here, #CyberCaliphate got into your PC and smartphone," the tweet warned, she says she was told.

"I did not actually see it before it was deleted, presumably by Twitter," she writes.

But the harassment didn't stop there.

"Not long thereafter I received a friend request from someone named 'Gasper CyberCaliphate Sadz'," she writes.

"When I viewed their profile it was clear that they were not the sort of person I wanted to let into my social life. Within a few seconds the profile had been deleted. And yes, it was really creepy. The same photo and images were used in this account as were used during the [Central Command] hack."

Last month, a message was sent through the U.S. Military's Central Command Twitter account that chillingly warned: "American soldiers, we are coming. Watch your back. ISIS."

The tweet included a link to a statement that said, in part, "We won't stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children. U.S. soldiers! We're watching you!"


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A blog editor for Military.com says she was among the military spouses who last month received threatening — and frightening — personalized tweets from Islamic State (ISIS) hackers — but vows she won't be bowed by the jihadist terrorists.
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