The Twitter account for US military forces in the Middle East and South Asia was hacked on Monday.
@centCOM, the account used by the US Central Command, tweeted out “messages from Islamic State (Isis) sympathizers threatening attacks on US military personnel”. Other tweets contained contact details for current and retired senior officers, though they did not appear to disseminate classified material.
The Twitter avatar used by the command was replaced with an image of a masked militant and the legends “CyberCaliphate” and “I love Isis”.
Documents and images tweeted out by the hackers did not appear to be classified, despite their boast that Isis had deeply penetrated the cyber defenses of the US military. Other military websites, including Central Command’s, appeared unaffected, and did not show any mark of cybervandalism, let alone any more hostile acts.