ISIS supporters hijack US military social accounts

Cyber gang compromises Twitter, YouTube accounts, expresses support for terror group

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ISIS supporters hijack US military social accounts The @CENTCOM Twitter feed included the post: ‘American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS.’ (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 13, 2015

An unnamed cyber group, expressing support for Levant-based terror group ISIS, yesterday hijacked social media accounts belonging to the US military, online media reported.

The @CENTCOM Twitter feed included the posts: "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS" and "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad."

Central Command's YouTube account was also compromised. While it had previously included videos of strikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq, the cyber group uploaded two videos called "Flames of War ISIS Video" and "O Soldiers of Truth Go Forth".

The FBI began an investigation into the incident as the US Department of Defence played down its significance, claiming the hijacking happened over a mere 30-minute period.

"It's inconvenient, it's an annoyance but in no way is any sensitive or classified information compromised," said Army Colonel Steve Warren, speaking on behalf of the Pentagon.

An unnamed former senior US intelligence official was quoted by Reuters as saying, "Hacking a Twitter is about the equivalent of spray-painting a subway car."

The @CENTCOM feed also posted details from documents that appeared to include personal details of generals, but their contents have yet to be verified.

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