The Twitter and YouTube accounts of US Central Command were hacked Monday by people claiming to be sympathizers to the Islamic State militant group, commonly referred to as ISIS.
Just after noon East Coast time, the banner image on the @CENTCOM Twitter account shifted to an image of an ISIS fighter with “CyberCaliphate” written next to it. A link was tweeted to a message declaring “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK.”
“While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you,” the statement read. “You’ll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.”
A later tweet, reading “We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children” was accompanied by what appear to be personnel records, although the image quality was too low to be read.
In a statement to reporters, a the Pentagon indicated it was looking into the hack.
“We can confirm that the U.S. Central Command Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today,” a defense official said in an emailed statement. “We are taking appropriate measures to address the matter. I have no further information to provide at this time.”
It took about 40 minutes for the account to be frozen and then taken down by Twitter. In the meantime, hackers also took control of CENTCOM’s YouTube account, placing a number of pro-ISIS videos onto the account. Both accounts were suspended by 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Source:: Middle East / Africa