Date
22 September 2017
A computer screenshot shows the US Central Command Twitter feed after it was apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers. Credit: Reuters
A computer screenshot shows the US Central Command Twitter feed after it was apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers. Credit: Reuters

US military Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked by pro-IS group

The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US military command were hacked on Monday by a group claiming to be supporters of the Islamic State militant group. 

“American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back,” the hackers posted on the US Central Command Twitter feed, Reuters reported.

“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad,” the message said.

Some internal military documents also appeared on the Centcom Twitter feed. Officials said it was “cyber-vandalism” and not a serious data breach.

The Twiter and YouTube accounts were suspended for a while following the hacking incident. The FBI is investigating the matter.

Defense officials said in a statement that “operational military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact.”

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