(PIX11) – Pro-ISIS hackers appear to have taken over the U.S. military’s Central Command Twitter account Monday.
Around 12:30 p.m., the hackers tweeted, “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.” Whoever infiltrated the account claims “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.”
The words “CyberCaliphate” and “i love you isis” appear on the profile along with a black-and-white image of someone dressed in a Keffiyeh.
The group also published alleged screen shots of a roster containing the names, addresses and telephone numbers of retired army officers and other Pentagon documents.
A U.S. defense official confirmed the attack to CNN Monday, saying, “We can confirm that the U.S. Central Command Twitter account was compromised earlier today. CENTCOM is taking appropriate measures to address the matter.”
The social media takeover came shortly after President Obama spoke about new cybersecurity legislation designed to protect the digital privacy of Americans.
The account was suspended roughly 40 minutes after it was compromised. Hackers also took control of U.S. Central Command’s YouTube channel and appear to have uploaded two videos — one depicting the death of U.S. soldiers in a trailer for a film titled “Flames of War,” and another called “O Soldiers of Truth Go Forth.”
The Central Command Facebook page appears to still be intact.
In a similar attack, hackers took over the Twitter account of a local news station in Maryland last week, Delmarva’s news leader, WBOC TV16 has not regained control over the account since it was compromised on January 6th.
Hackers tweeting from @WBOC claim to have hacked FBI databases and allegedly tweeted screenshots of confidential warrant information and mugshots.
Despite losing control of its Twitter account, WBOC is reporting the story on its website with the following message:
“Last Tuesday, WBOC’s website and Twitter page became the victims of a cyber attack by the “CyberCaliphate.” WBOC took back control of the website shortly after the attack but the station’s Twitter page remains compromised.”
The Albuquerque Journal also reported that the station’s Twitter account had been compromised by a pro-ISIS group.
Using the site’s profile, someone tweeted, “With Allah’s permission we began with New-Mexico and we are in Tennessee now. We hacked FBI databases. #CyberCaliphate . . . INFIDELS, NEW YEAR WILL MAKE YOU SUFFER.”