United States Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube account were hacked on Monday, according to the Defense Department. Central Command is unsure what the problem is that allowed suspected ISIS members to gain access. Tampa-based Central Command oversees U.S. forces battling militants in Iraq and Syria as well as its troops in Afghanistan. Along with the U.S. Special Operations Command, it is located at MacDill Air Force Base.
Early Monday afternoon, CENTCOM’s Twitter profile and cover image were changed to a black background displaying the worlds “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS.” The hackers posted a series of menacing tweets with messages including “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK” and “You’ll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now. We won’t stop! We know everything about your wives and children. U.S. Soldiers! We’re watching you!” Around 1:10 p.m. ET, the Twitter account was suspended. Central Command’s YouTube page was also apparently hacked and contained ISIS propaganda videos depicting militant fighters.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to the press saying they were looking into the incident but did not give any further information.
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