ISIS hijacks Swedish radio station to play English-language recruitment song

ISIS hijacks Swedish radio station to play English-language recruitment song
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A Swedish radio station said a pirate broadcaster compromised its Friday morning show and broadcast a pop song in English urging listeners to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

The pirate broadcast occurred in Malmo, Sweden's third largest city with a population of approximately 350,000 people. 

The 24Malmo news site reported Friday that a recruitment song titled “For the Sake of Allah” played for about 30 minutes both on its FM frequency and on its internet-based station. The song lasts three minutes and was played on a continuous loop about 10 times. 

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A spokesman for the station's owner, Bauer Media, said the incident would be reported to local police and a Swedish government agency responsible for monitoring electronic communications. 

“We will report this incident to the police and to the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority,” marketing director Jakob Gravestam said in a statement.

The hacking in Sweden comes as the FBI is investigating how a New Jersey school district's website was hacked on Tuesday and replaced with pro-ISIS propaganda instead. 

Local officials in Bloomfield, N.J., said a hacker sent visitors to an ISIS-sponsored YouTube video with Saddam Hussein’s picture and Arabic audio in the background that included text that read “I love Islamic State.”

ISIS has lost more than half of its territory in Iraq and Syria, but its efforts to recruit and push propaganda remains strong, according to intelligence analysts. 

“Their narrative isn’t going away,” Joshua Geltzer, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, told Bloomberg following a July Homeland Security Government Accountability Office report.