Pentagon Central Command Twitter account hacked, briefly
US Central Command briefly suspended its Twitter page on Monday (Jan 12) after a group declaring sympathy for Islamic State jihadists hacked its social media accounts and posted internal documents.
In an embarrassing propaganda jab at the US military, a banner with the image of a hooded fighter and the words “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS” replaced CentCom’s usual logo.
“We can confirm that the US Central Command Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today. We are taking appropriate measures,” a defence official told AFP.
The account was later resurrected with a triumphant "We're back!"
Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida, oversees the US-led air war against the group in Iraq and Syria and other American operations in the Middle East and Horn of Africa.
And, in another embarrassing twist, the hacking of CentCom’s social media accounts came as President Barack Obama was delivering a speech on cyber security.