— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 12, 2015
The White House has confirmed that it will investigate the extent of today’s hacking of the US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) social media accounts.
CENTCOM’s Twitter and YouTube pages have been shut down following a takeover at the hands of pro-ISIS hackers. The Twitter account showed a banner and thumbnail image that said “i love you isis” as well as tweets threatening American soldiers and their families. The YouTube page showed similar images and violent videos related to fighting in the Middle East. It was also reported that information such as personnel’s phone numbers and addresses was published, along with security camera footage from US bases.
The US Central Command is responsible for American security interests in over a dozen nations in the Middle East, which makes it an obvious target for the attack.
The hackers tweeted a message in which they referred to themselves as a “cybercaliphate” carrying out “cyberjihad.”
The Pentagon has not yet confirmed if the hackers are linked to ISIS or if this is a terrible prank teaching us all about the dangers of cyber security.
Media accounts for the Department of Defense have been hacked. Read the details here!