US Central Command Hacked by ISIS, Documents Leaked

The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids, Reuters reports.

The hackers posted on the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Twitter feed:”American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS – In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad

ISIS fightersPrivate Documents Leaked

Defense spokespersons view the cyberattack as just a prank and an annoyance, but the incident is embarrassing to say the least, having taken place right after President Barack Obama on Monday announced new proposals aimed at bolstering American cybersecurity after high-profile hacking incidents including one against Sony Pictures Entertainment that U.S. officials blamed on North Korea.

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The ISIS affiliates managed to gain access to the CENTCOM account and is currently tweeting images of documents, allegedly confidential documents, Gizmodo reports. That is confirmed by Alayne Conway, a spokesperson for the Army’s Public Affairs Office, who told Motherboard:

Some of the documents are from password protected sites. You either need to work with the organization or you need to have a common access card, they’re called TacCard, to get into those websites to gain that information. You have to work with that office, and have a need for that information, to receive that information. Some of it may be personal addresses, phone numbers, information of that sort, so it’s not something that we’d make publicly available.

However, most of the leaked documents appear to be publicly available somewhere.

Images from ​David Gleason/Flickr and Wikimedia Commons.

Giulio Prisco is a freelance writer specialized in science, technology, business and future studies.