The Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail (MIUM) hacker group reportedly took control of the British government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs website and posted an image vowing revenge for the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
“It’s time to remind the British government what you did with Saddam Hussein will not forget. And we are ready to sacrifice with everything, as not to give up Iraq and stay alert for the coming,” a message included in a graphic showing a large banner of Hussein declares in broken English.
The alleged hack arrives three days after The Washington Post ran an article alleging the Islamic State is controlled by former Saddam Hussein loyalists and Baathists.
The U.S. made a similar accusation in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq when neocons in the Pentagon and the Bush administration insisted Saddam Hussein was working with al-Qaeda. This claim was subsequently debunked as war propaganda. “We could never verify that there was any Iraqi authority, direction and control, complicity with al-Qaeda for 9/11 or any operational act against America, period,” the former director of the CIA, George Tenet, told 60 Minutes in 2007.
In October, the Anti-Defamation League claimed the Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail was hacking for ISIS following an attack on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s website. The group was said to be responsible for hacking the Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania in July.
“After focusing on Israeli targets during the aggression on Gaza, the Moroccan Islamic Union-mail declares targeting important websites in America in support of the Iraqi people and in response to the American airstrikes,” the group posted to its Facebook.
The Facebook page hosted a photo showing alleged members of MIUM displaying hand signals similiar to those used by American gangs. The image has since been replaced by the group’s logo.
A concerted effort to blame Iraqi Baathists for the violent escapades of ISIS is now underway. The effort is apparently a response to a body of evidence revealing the terrorist army is in fact a creation of intelligence organizations, primarily the CIA which has a long track record in manufacturing terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia, which now claims to be a target of ISIS, is also responsible for funding the group.