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CENTCOM Twitter and YouTube Hacked

Jan 12, 2015

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Either a group or an individual claiming to be a part of the Islamic State, hacked the two social media accounts belonging to US Central Command, which oversees Department of Defense operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and the rest of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, according to Politico.

The first tweet following the hack read, "AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS," and linked to a longer statement threatening American soldiers and their families. The hackers also targeted Centcom's YouTube page, posting ISIS propaganda videos.

The attacks happened earlier in the day as President Barack Obama was emphasizing the importance of cybersecurity to keep citizens safe from identity theft. As of 1:15 p.m., Politico reports that Twitter has suspended the CENTCOM account.

Howard Altman of the Tampa Tribune reports that the information gained by the ISIS associated hackers "most likely" did not include classified information.