Were ‘Hacktivists’ Linked to ISIS?


The counter terrorism branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says it’s trying to determine whether criminals who crashed the website of the Government’s official information service are in fact linked to the extremist Islamic militant group, ISIS.

Last night, the website of the Jamaica Information Service, JIS, was hacked by cyber criminals who posted messages pledging allegiance to ISIS.

Head of the Police Counter-Terrorism agency, Assistant Commissioner Devon Watkis, says the police are aware that some criminals are given to making outlandish claims.

But he says law enforcement is taking no chances, adding that a number of agencies are seeking to identify those carried out the cyber-attack, in order to determine their motives.

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ACP Watkis says the Police are taking an open mind to the investigations.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.