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US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube Hacked by ISIS



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It appears that the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US Central Command have been hacked. The hackers seem to associate themselves with ISIS. As of writing, the Twitter account has been suspended, while the YouTube page is still up carrying a load of ISIS propaganda.

They’ve posted a number of documents, including links to those documents, which seem to contain personal information regarding US troops. With the Twitter account having been shut down, most of that data has now gone.

The US Central Command or any department of US government has yet to issue a statement on the matter, but we’ll update you with a further article as this story develops.

Update: CENTCOM released a statement calling the hack “a case of cybervandalism” and added that “no classified information was posted and that none of the information posted came from CENTCOM’s server or social media sites.”

Earlier today, U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube sites were compromised for approximately 30 minutes. These sites reside on commercial, non-Defense Department servers and both sites have been temporarily taken offline while we look into the incident further. CENTCOM’s operational military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command. CENTCOM will restore service to its Twitter and YouTube accounts as quickly as possible. We are viewing this purely as a case of cybervandalism.

In the meantime, our initial assessment is that no classified information was posted and that none of the information posted came from CENTCOM’s server or social media sites. Additionally, we are notifying appropriate DoD and law enforcement authorities about the potential release of personally identifiable information and will take appropriate steps to ensure any individuals potentially affected are notified as quickly as possible.

Source: The Next Web


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