The Twitter account for the U.S. Central Command has just been hacked by an ISIS hacker group, and is now temporarily suspended for further investigation.
The group claimed to have taken over the account as part of its “CyberJihad” and gave themselves the name “CyberCaliphate.” They seized the account around 12:29 p.m Monday and filled it with messages in favor of the Islamic State, starting out with one that threatened American soldiers, saying, “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS” with the hashtag “#CyberCaliphate.”
The Twitter account’s profile’s image was replaced with a photo that includes the text “i love you isis.”carried an image identifying the page as “CyberCaliphate,” with a message that says, “I love you ISIS.” Just before 1 p.m. ET profile and banner images were reverted to their default. The account was suspended around 1:09 pm, 40 minutes after the hack.
Another tweet shows an image that appears to be from inside a computer web cam in a military facility. The accompanying tweet says, “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.”
They posted another tweet saying, “We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children. U.S. soldiers! We’re watching you!,” accompanied by spreadsheets that contained home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of retired Army general officers, as well as the U.S. government’s plans of action in China or North Korea in the event of attack. They also posted a link that contained files of secret Pentagon documents.
“This is bad,” one Central Command source told Fox News.
A U.S. Department of Defense official told NBC News “this is clearly embarrassing, but not a security threat.”
The Twitter account frequently tweets out updates and news releases on the American airstrikes aimed at ISIS locations in Syria and Iraq. CentCom is based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
Last week, the group hacked the Twitter page of the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico and WBOC-TV in Maryland and posted similar threats.
The infiltration came as President Barack Obama started proposing new ways to protect the country’s Internet systems from cybersecurity threats.
The group has also hacked CentCom’s YouTube account, change its profile picture and banner, and posted ISIS propoganda videos, one called “Flames of War” and another called “O Soliders of Truth Go Forth.”