Hackers claiming to represent the Islamic State took control of CENTCOM’s Twitter and YouTube accounts on Monday from about 12:30 PM to 1:10 PM. Although Twitter and Google have suspended both accounts, the hackers had time to change the profile of the CENTCOM Twitter feed which listed the headline “CyberCaliphate” over the words “I love you isis.” The hackers posted a series of tweets that included contact information for senior military personnel.
One of the hackers tweeted: “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.”
While the attacks do not appear to have inflicted any serious damage, they are very embarrassing for CENTCOM and the Obama Administration, particularly because President Obama is giving a speech today about cybersecurity.