Hacker group who call themselves as CyberCaliphate hacked U.S. Central Command’s social networking accounts and claims to have released internal military files.
On Monday, as President Obama was giving a speech on cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C., the attackers took control of the @CENTCOM account. In the pastebin post released, hackers wrote :
Pentagon networks hacked
WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS. #CyberCaliphate
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate under the auspices of ISIS continues its CyberJihad. While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.
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 you, your wives and children.
U.S. soldiers! We’re watching you!
Here’s a part of confidential data from your mobile devices:
There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet! There is no law but Sharia!
Files allegedly stolen by the hackers are dated as far back as 2005, with some more recent. About two-dozen files in separate folders, ranging from PowerPoint slides to Adobe PDF documents, are either marked “for official use only” or unmarked.
It does not appear that any classified documents have been stolen from the military agency, after a brief examination of the files.
U.S. Central Command released a statement confirming the breach.
We can confirm that the CENTCOM Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today. We are taking appropriate measures to address the matter.
The Twitter account breach comes a few days after the same hacker is said to have attacked a number of other media outlets’ social media accounts. The Albuquerque Journal, and CBS and Fox affiliates in Maryland, and a station in Tennessee earlier this week were all attacked.