Apparent Islamic State backers penetrate US troops Twitter feed

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(Reuters) – The Twitter and YouTube accounts for a U.S. troops authority that oversees operations in a Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be supportive toward a Islamic State belligerent organisation being targeted in American bombing raids.

“American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS,” a hackers posted on a U.S. Central Command Twitter feed, regulating an acronym for a hardline Islamist group, that has taken control of tools of Syria and Iraq.

U.S. officials concurred that a occurrence in that a accounts were “compromised” for about 30 mins was annoying though played down a impact. The FBI pronounced it was investigating.

Pentagon orator Army Colonel Steve Warren pronounced a Defense Department “views this as small some-more than a prank, or as vandalism.”

“It’s inconvenient, it’s an distrurbance though in no approach is any supportive or personal information compromised,” Warren told a press briefing.

Defense officials pronounced in a matter that “operational troops networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact.”

Islamic State army have been targeted in atmosphere strikes by a United States and general partners.

“In a name of Allah, a Most Gracious, a Most Merciful, a CyberCaliphate continues a CyberJihad,” a Central Command Twitter feed pronounced after being hacked.

The Twitter comment published a list of generals and addresses compared with them, patrician “Army General Officer Public Roster (by rank) 2 Jan 2014.”

Subsequent posts read, “Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios” and “Pentagon Networks Hacked. Korean Scenarios.”

Central Command pronounced it was notifying Pentagon and law coercion authorities about a intensity recover of “personally identifiable information” and work to make certain a people “potentially affected” are told quickly.

White House orator Josh Earnest pronounced during a press lecture that a hacking was “something that we take seriously.” But Earnest added, “There’s a flattering poignant disproportion between what is a vast information crack and a hacking of a Twitter account.”

Even as a hacking was holding place, President Barack Obama on Monday announced new proposals directed during bolstering American cybersecurity after high-profile hacking incidents including one opposite Sony Pictures Entertainment that U.S. officials blamed on North Korea.

Several stream and former U.S. confidence and comprehension officials pronounced until now they had never listened of a CyberCaliphate. Some of a officials voiced doubt during a group’s skills and capabilities.

“Hacking a Twitter is about a homogeneous of spray-painting a transport car,” a former comparison U.S. comprehension central said.

But a authority of a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Republican Michael McCaul of Texas, called a occurrence “severely disturbing.”

“Assaults from cyber-jihadists will turn some-more common unless a administration develops a plan for reasonably responding to these cyberattacks, including those like a North Korea dispute opposite Sony,” McCaul said.


Reuters reviewed some of a papers expelled by a hackers though could not immediately brand any that seemed to enclose information that compromised inhabitant security. Some of a papers were simply found regulating Google searches.

After a hacking, a streamer of a Central Command Twitter comment showed a figure in a black-and-white conduct headband and a difference “CyberCaliphate” and “I adore we ISIS.”

Central Command’s YouTube comment featured videos posted by a U.S. troops of atmosphere strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq. It was hacked to supplement dual videos patrician “Flames of War ISIS Video” and “O Soldiers of Truth Go Forth.”

Some of a slides posted on a Twitter comment by a hackers apparently were combined by Lincoln Laboratory, a federally saved investigate core during a Massachusetts Institute of Technology that studies inhabitant confidence problems.

Lincoln Lab did not immediately respond to questions about a credentials and attraction of a slides, some of that dealt with comprehension and reconnoitering that competence be indispensable in a dispute unfolding involving China.

Central Command is formed during MacDill Air Force Base in Florida and handles American troops operations covering a Middle East and Central Asia. Central Command oversaw a wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is handling a U.S. atmosphere strikes opposite Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

In what valid to be a bit of bad timing, a U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center chose progressing on Monday to join Twitter. It done a fun in a initial tweet: “Up to 292 supporters so distant and not hacked yet.”

(Additional stating by Mark Hosenball, Ryan McNeill, Phil Stewart, Andrea Shalal, Roberta Rampton, Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Grant McCool and Toni Reinhold)

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