ISIS Hacks CENTCOM Twitter Account as Obama Prepares to Announce Cybersecurity Plans at State of the Union

Just two days ago, the New York Times reported that Barack Obama would be using the State of the Union address to announce his new cybersecurity plans. Today, it’s being reported that ISIS has hacked into CENTCOM’s twitter account:

According to a report from Reuters:

The Twitter feed for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East was hacked on Monday by people claiming sympathy to the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids.

U.S. officials said that the U.S. Central Command Twitter account and its YouTube account were suspended after being compromised. Two U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the hacking was an embarrassment but did not appear to be a security threat.

The White House said it was monitoring the extent of the hacking incident.

“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad,” the Centcom Twitter feed said after being hacked.

The Twitter feed had several messages from hackers, including one telling American soldiers to “watch your back,” and the YouTube account had two videos that appeared to be linked to Islamic State.

The Twitter account published a list of generals and addresses associated with them, titled “Army General Officer Public Roster (by rank) 2 January 2014.”

Here is a screenshot of the message from ISIS (h/t GWP):

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