Hackers claiming to be from the Islamic State have taken control of the U.S. Military’s Central Command Twitter account and YouTube pages.
In a tweet sent from the official CENTCOM Twitter account, the hacker sent a threat to U.S. military personnel.
“AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.” the tweet read. with the hashtag “#CyberCaliphate.”
The most ominous tweet that came from the hacker said “we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.”
“ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base,” the hacker said.“We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children. U.S. soldiers! We are watching you!.”
The tweet ends with, “There is no law but sharia.”
The hacking occurred at around the same time that the president sent a tweet touting new steps he’s taking to improve cyber security.
"I'm announcing new steps to protect the identities and privacy of the American people." —President Obama #Cybersecurity
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 12, 2015
U.S. defense officials have issued a statement confirming their accounts have been compromised and it “is taking appropriate measures to address the matter.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said they were “obviously looking into” the hacking but had no further information at the time.
Of course many saw the irony in the timing of the president’s tweet.
— Fred M (@fredontwittur) January 12, 2015
It's probably no coincidence that apparent @CENTCOM hack occurred during an Obama speech on cybersecurity
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) January 12, 2015
— Chris Barnhart (@ChrisBarnhart) January 12, 2015
Hope CENTCOM is doing a better job securing our borders than they are their own Twitter account.
— Zach Hanover (@zhanover) January 12, 2015
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